Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Area colleges expand online presence in light of high gas prices - Daphne Drohobyczer, West End Word

St. Louis-area colleges are starting to offer more online courses to their students, and in turn have seen a significant rise in the number of students who enroll in such classes. For most colleges, online classes are simply part of the mix, but with the increasing price of gas, online learning could become an even more familiar part of college life. Bob Samples, a spokesman for University of Missouri-St. Louis, said the university is working to provide a combination of online and on-campus courses and noted that there is an inherent versatility that comes with online courses. At any time of day or night, faculty members can post items to a class website, and online discussion does not have to correspond to regular class times, he said.

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