University of the Incarnate Word now offering blended online classes

posted on Tuesday, Jul 19 2011

Students who take select courses at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) will now be able to attend classes one day a week. Because of this initiative, students can gain the ability to complete most of their work independently through online classes, assignments and discussions, according to the San Antonio Business Journal.

Vincent Porter, the UIW's dean of the School of Extended Studies told the media outlet that the goal of the policy change is to "accommodate an adult student’s busy schedule. Blended formats give students a flexible delivery model that combines the traditional face-to-face classroom setting with the convenience of online learning tools."

The UIW will offer this course format to students who take criminal justice and business administration courses, according to the news source. Enrollees in the new program will secure the benefits of traditional class time, and a schedule that allows them to continue to work full time while fulfilling other life obligations.

Porter went on to tell the journal that the initiative will accommodate students who are unable to attend the college's traditional evening programs.

This program may help the university attract the growing number of student professionals looking to enhance their career opportunities. In a recent report released by Eduventures, the amount of students who enrolled in online classes increased by more than 800 percent from 2001 to 2009.

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