Online Learning Update

December 26, 2013

Cash and credits: Online classes during winter break a boon for colleges and students

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

by Jacqueline Palochko, The Morning Call

NCC, Kutztown University and East Stroudsburg University all begin online, winter session classes Monday. Lehigh Carbon Community College started its winter classes last week. The online classes, which run through mid-January, are relatively new at these colleges, but every year more students register for them. And while many colleges around the country are grappling with budget gaps and falling student enrollment, interest in online classes in the Lehigh Valley region is climbing. Schools say they’ve been promoting everything from British literature to introductory psychology courses, and they’ve received a good response — mostly from students needing an extra course or two to graduate. The 2012 Survey of Online Learning conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group shows that more than 6.7 million students, nearly a third of total enrollment at degree-granting postsecondary institutions, took at least one online course during fall 2011.

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