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A Virtual UC Undergraduate Education

Posted By Dominique Sirgy On Nov 3, 2010 @ 10:39 pm In News | Comments Disabled


An invitation to faculty has been sent out by the UC to participate in a pilot project [1]used to help determine whether online courses can have enough caliber to be considered UC quality.

Many online courses are already being offered, but completion of these courses does not win one UC credit, just UC transferrable credit. As the demand for education grows, the UC must think of ways to expand number of students. According to a study by the Public Policy Institute of California, by 2025 California is expected to have 1 million fewer college graduates than its work force will need. Since UC lacks funding for new buildings, online classes are a potentially good option.

Faculty concerns include keeping up the same level of education: will students learn and retain as much information if they are taught online?

Jia Frydenberg, director of UC Irvine’s Distance Learning Center, is optimistic about an online approach, “Online serves a valid student need because it allows students to individualize their learning experiences,” Frydenberg said.

“If students prefer to hear things, they can listen to audio. If they prefer a more visual experience, they can view lectures, and they can do it as many times as they want over and over until they feel they have mastered a complicated topic such as statistics. You can’t do that in the classroom.”

Would you take an online class over physically attending a class? Is it possible to achieve the same standards through virtual learning?

Image Source: Don Fulano [2] under Creative Commons
Faculty online course ideas sought [UC Newsroom [1]]

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[1] pilot project : http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/article/24418

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