A few clicks and keyboard strokes now equals college credit, and with the ease and flexibility of online classes, more students are opting for the alternative format.
A 2011 study by the Babson Survey Research Group found during fall of that year, more than six million students were taking at least one online course, which was an increase of 570,000 students from the 2010.
John Griffin, a sophomore from Dallas, took an online academic success seminar last spring.
“What I liked most about it was the convenience,” he said. “I didn’t have to worry about being anywhere and I could do it anywhere and work at my own pace, which was nice.”
Because of that convenience and no face-to-face interaction with his teacher in a classroom, it was often easy to procrastinate or forget about assignments.
He had to focus on personal responsibility to keep on top of coursework.
The University will offer 80 online classes for the fall semester, mostly on Blackboard.
Emma LeGault is a freshman from Emporia majoring in journalism. Read more from Emma LeGault.