Online Learning Update

July 29, 2013

New online learning classes aim to meet excess demand

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

By Nicole Freeling, University of California

Now that state lawmakers have approved $10 million for the expansion of online education at the University of California, UC faculty and administrators are moving ahead with plans to develop dozens of online courses for high-demand undergraduate subjects. The funding will be focused squarely on the development of for-credit classes in areas where students face bottlenecks in progressing through their studies, UC Provost Aimée Dorr told the UC Board of Regents today (July 18). In the last academic year, UC campuses offered a combined 200 undergraduate classes and 60 graduate level courses online, Dorr reported. Many of the undergraduate courses were offered through extension programs and summer session. UC’s current efforts are focused on building the number of online offerings — now numbering 33 — available during the regular academic year. Unlike online summer session and extension offerings, students would be able to take these classes without paying any additional fees.

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