Online Learning Update

October 31, 2013

GBC students turn to Internet courses

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

by Elko Daily Free Press

Mid-semester preliminary enrollment numbers for Great Basin College are showing more students are enrolling in Internet classes. Mike McFarlane, vice-president of academic affairs at Great Basin College, said 47 percent of the full-time equivalent enrollment are using Internet-only classes. Since 2004, the college has seen a nearly eight-fold increase in students using online classes. While even the live classes have online components, the Internet-only classes have changed the proportions of student enrollment between the class styles. “That reflects two reasons,” McFarlane said. “One is the distance, because we can’t have a lot of small classes in our large service area … Also what’s important is the time factor because of people’s work schedules and family schedules.”

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