Online education at most Long Island universities and colleges is being boosted in the 2014-15 school year, with the state university system continuing its major push and other schools reconstructing courses, hiring staff and adding infrastructure to support virtual learning.
"We are realizing a vision of learning anytime, anywhere," said Wendy Tang, an associate professor at Stony Brook University. She also is director of an online SBU program that leads to a bachelor of science in electrical engineering.
The State University of New York system this year launched an expansion of its online degree curricula with "Open SUNY" and is considered a leader in the field nationwide. Stony Brook, as part of that drive, has brought aboard an expert in the field -- one of the first associate provosts for online education in the state system.