Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY


October 12, 2006

Opting for online courses

GLASGOW — Holden Johnson is one of several Western Kentucky University students who have opted to take an online course this semester.

He did it because of the convenience it afforded him.

“You don’t have to leave your apartment,” he said.

Johnson, a Tompkinsville business management major, is only required to actually go to class twice during the semester, which is one aspect of taking the class that he likes.

Taking an online class isn’t necessarily any harder than taking a class in a regular classroom setting, but Johnson said however, “you do have to make yourself be more responsible.”

Johnson likes taking classes online and thinks he will take more before his college career comes to an end, but he doubts he will take as many as his friend, who has taken all of his classes online for the past two years.

Actually going to class, he said, is half the fun of going to college.

“I like the environment of being in the classroom,” he said.

Ashley Jones, a Scottsville education major, plans to take an online class during the winter term so she can do the work on her own time.

“I don’t want to be in a classroom for hours,” she said.

Unlike Johnson, if Jones could take all of her classes online, she would.

By taking an online class, Jones said she can work ahead. She can do a week’s worth of work in one day if she chooses.

For some taking classes online is a new and trendy thing to do, but WKU has been offering online courses for quite some time.

Western offered its first online class, which was a graduate course, in the fall of 1998.

“It’s grown rapidly since 1998,” Pam Wilson, Western’s distance learning coordinator, said.

In fact, the number of online courses offered by WKU have increased every year, she said.

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