New online courses available

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Thirty-four new online courses, including in-demand undergraduate courses, will be available beginning this summer.

Recognizing changing technology trends and the way in which today’s students learn, the university has made increasing student access to courses through online education a top priority. With the establishment of the Office of Online Learning in July 2012, the university has taken giant steps in providing a comprehensive resource for support and assistance for faculty who want to offer courses online for students.

The high-demand undergraduate courses will include a variety of subject areas, including English, Romance languages, mathematics, biology, geography, poultry science, education, business and family and consumer sciences.

Training for faculty began on Dec. 5 with an orientation workshop outlining expectations and goals of online learning. The training staff emphasized the importance of consistency of organizational structure within the online classes to allow a more seamless learning experience.

Faculty also are trained to adhere to accessibility guidelines, making sure to give the classes a similar online style and provide text for any video or audio used. Faculty will be able to use video and audio options to create an interactive format to aid faculty-student communication throughout the course. 
Faculty still will have office hours. Faculty and students may choose to set up Skype or online chat sessions or opt for telephone or face-to-face meetings for local students.

The 36 participating faculty—who include teaching award recipients—have online teaching experience varying from one semester to 11 years. They participated in the inaugural formal training for a number of reasons, including wanting to learn new teaching methods and wanting to be more responsive to student issues.

Beginning this summer, training will become available to any faculty member interested in developing an online course—undergraduate or graduate. Learn more at http://ugaonline.uga.edu.