More schools are turning to online studying

As more students decide to complete their studies online, web-based courses are expanding at schools across the country.
As more students decide to complete their studies online, web-based courses are expanding at schools across the country.

Missouri State University recently formed a partnership with the Poynter Institute of Florida to launch the school's first online education class in journalism, according to The Associated Press.

Many faculty members said that as long as the class will give students the same quality of education as classroom-based programs, they do not mind experimenting with internet-based courses in the discipline. For this partnership in particular, instructors from Poynter will teach the students at Missouri State.

According to the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning, many schools are experimenting with online studying in journalism and other disciplines. This report shows that last year, about 63 percent of chief academic officers said that internet-based education was a key factor in their long-term strategy for their institution. Only 12 percent said it was not part of their strategy.

Students are also responding positively to online studying. In 2002, the report shows that about 1.6 million people, or almost 10 percent of all higher education students, were taking at least one web-based class. By the fall 2009 semester, that number had grown to almost 5.6 million, or 21 percent of the student population.

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