Online Learning Update

August 27, 2010

Economy, budget cuts send students to online learning

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

by Tonya Moxley, The Roanoke Times

The popularity of online courses continues to grow at schools such as New River Community College. Some of the students enrolled this semester at New River Community College may never set foot on either of the school’s campuses — in Dublin or in Christiansburg at the New River Valley Mall. Like many community colleges across the state, NRCC has boosted its online course offerings again this year, giving students up to 130 distance learning courses from which to choose, said Linda Claussen, director of distance learning and off-campus services. Last fall, NRCC offered about 110 online courses, a trend that has exploded over the past five years. But today, entire degree programs, such as New River’s two-year administrative support technology degree, can be earned online, Claussen said.

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