Area Colleges See Fast-Growing Demand For Online Courses

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

In the corner of a computer window, UND instructor Richard Van Eck speaks about media theory.

Minutes later, the screen changes. Images of students appear online with their names, a chat window with their conversation expands, and anyone speaking moves in real time.

If you were a student last summer in Van Eck’s survey of instructional design and technology class, this is what you would experience.

It’s one example of the hybrid-blended model of distance education at UND, which combines online and face-to-face delivery. Students attend some classes together, whether they’re on or off-campus, while other classes and activities can be done on their own time.

Like most institutions, UND offers classes on campus, online or some combination of both.

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