Just as with online dating, online education is becoming more and more common and is starting to overcome stereotypes. In New York, online education is being viewed as a serious alternative to regular universities.
Most colleges and universities in the New York area, including both private and public schools, are now offering online classes. Some of the classes are wholly online, and others are a mix of campus meets and online classes. But more colleges are creating are creating new classes for students online, and the focus now is on small, online classes that interact with each other a great deal.
Online classes are being shown to be effective in meeting requirements after students earn their bachelor’s want to earn their masters or get certificates. In New York, universities are reporting that demand, enrollment and the selection of classes is increasing.
For example, a 37 year old executive at Pfizer, named Kim Tableman, is getting her Master of Science in Information and Knowledge Strategy online at Columbia University. This is a hybrid program that has three residencies of five days each during the two year program, but all of the classes are online. Last semester, she completed two classes online in the evening and did coursework during the workweek.
She noted that she would never be able to work at Pfizer and attend classes at Columbia. She is hoping that her new master’s degree is going to help her go up the corporate ladder. The student added that her classmates are lawyers, Canadians, librarians and people from all over the US in the program.
Columbia has developed what they call ‘Networked Learning,’ which is their own model of online education that lets students and faculty to easily communicate via social media and other computer tools.
This fall, Columbia plans to start their program that results in a Master of Science in Statistics. This is designed to take about 18 months. Various online certificate programs, such as in business, bioethics and actuarial science, can be done in one semester.
Columbia is starting these new online degree programs because it is able to provide better access to more students. At the same time, the goal of Columbia has been to give an educational experience that is just as tough and social as regular classes.
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This social aspect of online classes is one of the things that many NY universities are taking seriously. It is the main thing that is differentiating them from MOOCs, or massive online open classes, which have hundreds or thousands of students with very little interaction. Many MOOCs have high drop out rates, and this is not a model that some universities want.
A big problem with some MOOCs is that students feel so isolated. At St. John’s University in New York, they have small online classes so that students can easily interact. At this university, classes are never more than 25. Online students are able to get to know the faculty well, as well as their fellow students.
With the current state of technology, it is very easy for professors and students to get feedback from each other. Most of the classes that are offered online at New York University have about 15 students, so it is very easy for them to stay in touch with each other.
In all of these online class programs in NY universities, the attrition rate is low. This indicates that the online programs are successful and have a bright future.