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Winter Session options growing

Winter Session enrollment starts Nov. 27, and Continuing Education and Outreach expects to offer more courses than last year. There will be an especially dramatic 77 percent increase in the distance-education courses available.

Winter Session, which is in its third year, will feature options as diverse as Sports Writing and Film and Primo Levi and the Holocaust. Forty-one sections of 32 courses are listed, said Murnal Abate, assistant director for winter and summer sessions.

Kimberly King, associate director of athletics, will offer her popular Lifeskills course, which focuses on health, nutrition, wellness, study skills and careers. She taught two sections of the distance-education course during the summer and will return with one for Winter Session.

King said she had some reservations about the technology when she first taught the course online last winter.

“I was nervous that I didn’t have the tools to keep up with the technology the students have,” she said. “But it really can all be done through Blackboard.”

The intensity of the course can be a challenge, especially if students run into some sort of difficulty — a medical problem or death in the family, for instance — but King said she now feels more comfortable with the pace of the class and her expectations for those enrolled.

Students may take one Winter Session course, with classes running from Jan. 3-19. Late registration is available until the first day of classes.

Summer Session, meanwhile continues to be a success, with 2006 enrollment up 3.6 percent from 2005. More than 200 courses were offered to 2,411 students. Distance-education courses are on the rise there, too, with a 175 percent increase bringing the total offerings to 33 classes.

“Winter Session did not cannibalize Summer Session enrollment,” said Thomas Kowalik, director of Continuing Education and Outreach. “Students, I think, are turning to a 12-month calendar.”
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Last Updated: 10/14/08