More Maine Students Taking Online Courses

More Maine college and high school students are taking classes online and through campus interconnections this fall, and education leaders say the numbers will increase dramatically in the future.

“The number of courses and enrollment in online education is up 15 percent this fall over last fall,” said University of Maine System Chancellor Richard Pattenaude. “It is part of our response to the energy crisis; we have been adding [class] sections.”

He said the university system has been offering courses over the Internet between campuses, as well as over its Instructional Television, or ITV, system for years. He said that allows for many “brokered” degrees, in which students take courses from faculty throughout the system in order to get a degree that may not be offered at the students’ home campus.

“This is a further expansion and increases the number of courses a student can take online from home,” Pattenaude said. Read full story. (Bangor Daily News)

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