University of Georgia Courses Help Online Learners fulfill Degree Requirements

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The University of Georgia (UGA) Department of Independent and Distance Learning (IDL) is offering over a hundred online courses to students at other colleges and universities, as well as UGA, to fulfill degree requirements.

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UGA offers a wide range of common general education courses as well as degree or major specific courses

The University of Georgia (UGA) Department of Independent and Distance Learning (IDL) announces more than a hundred courses available to help students at other colleges and universities, as well as UGA to fulfill degree requirements online. These online courses offered by UGA allow students who are unable to fulfill degree requirements through a traditional classroom format to enroll in the courses they need.

Students may take a single course or as many courses as fit their institution's credit hour requirements. Courses vary from general education requirements including English, sociology and philosophy, to courses that students report are hard to find such as Swahili, Latin or Entomology. Degree-specific courses can also be taken from business, agriculture, the sciences, communication and other programs.

UGA online courses allow students who may not be able to enroll because their university's course selections are full or who left school for a semester and find themselves "out of sequence ," to take courses offered by a nationally ranked university. "UGA offers a wide range of common general education courses as well as degree or major specific courses," said Brad Cahoon, associate director of Independent and Distance Learning. "This is especially convenient for our military students overseas who need to take a class in the spring but find that their institution only offers it in the fall," said Cahoon.

Professor Lioba Moshi teaches Kiswahili, otherwise known as Swahili. In this course, students take and complete 21 lessons and ultimately two exams to display their mastery of the course. Moshi teaches both Swahili I and II and uses e-mail for students to record, listen to and share spoken assignments with their instructors. Students use Wimba e-mail to send and receive audio files from the professor and to digitally record assignments for grading and assessment. Video clips present typical Swahili conversations in realistic scenarios. "The pedagogy of this approach allows students to continually practice, learn at their own pace and submit their assignments when they are ready, but within a window of time," says Moshi.

The full listing of courses and administrative details can be found at http://www.georgiacenter.uga.edu/idl.

About University of Georgia Independent and Distance Learning
University of Georgia Independent and Distance Learning (IDL) has been providing learning alternatives for students for more than six decades. The program launched its first online program in 1997 and has served over 30,000 students since 2000. UGA is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). For more information, visit http://www.georgiacenter.uga.edu/idl or call toll free (inside the U.S.) 1-800-877-3243.

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