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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
UW-Eau Claire to Offer
Web-Based Courses
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MAILED: Nov. 18, 1999

EAU CLAIRE — People interested in taking a course at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire this summer will be able to do so without ever stepping foot on campus.
Four UW-Eau Claire courses will be offered via the World Wide Web during the 2000 summer session, enabling people to complete course work and participate in class discussion from a computer located anywhere, at times that are convenient for them.
"We've been offering Web-enhanced courses since 1996," said Dr. Margaret Dwyer, interim associate vice chancellor. "This is the first time we'll offer courses that are entirely Web based. This will be a pilot program. If it goes well, we'll look at ways to expand it in the future."
The courses to be offered are American Indian History (History 240/American Indian Studies 240); Environmental Law (Environmental and Public Health 480/680); Children's Literature (Library Science and Media Education 305/505); and Special Topics (Psychology 491/691).
"Course offerings are varied and will be of interest to not only our currently enrolled students but also to working professionals in Wisconsin and nationwide," said Janice Morse, administrative officer for Academic Affairs. "The Web courses allow those enrolled to complete the work of the course at their own convenience — any time, any place within the eight-week period of the course."
"These Web-based courses exemplify UW-Eau Claire's continuing efforts to reach out to the adult and non-tradition students in our community," said Provost and Vice Chancellor Ronald Satz, who initiated the pilot project.
The children's literature class is particularly exciting because many people who work in education have indicated that they were looking for opportunities to take courses without having to travel to UW-Eau Claire to do it, Dwyer said. And she expects a lot of interest in the American Indian Studies and environmental law courses since comparable courses are not offered at other UW System institutions.
"People do not have the opportunity to take these Web-based courses in Wisconsin except at UW-Eau Claire," Dwyer said. "This will allow them to take the class without having to travel to another part of the state."
The Web-based formats will likely to appeal to community members who want to take courses but have work or family commitments that make it difficult for them to fit in a class at a certain time, Dwyer said.
"Almost all the traditional summer classes we offer at UW-Eau Claire are offered between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.," Dwyer said. "But with the Web-based courses, people can earn credits in a way that allows them to work around their work or family schedules. This isn't the only way to reach people who need to fit school in around other things but it certainly is one way to do it."
In addition to the adult student population, the Web-based courses also will likely appeal to UW-Eau Claire students who travel or return home for the summer to work but who would like to continue earning credits toward their degree, Dwyer said.
"They can earn credits without being physically on the campus," she said. "And they can set aside a block of time and work on the class when it's convenient for them. They will have more control over their schedules. Plus, it's pretty cool to be able to collaborate with people from all over the country as often happens in Web-based classes."
Tuition for the Web-based courses will be the same as tuition for the traditional summer session classes.
For more information about UW-Eau Claire's Summer Session, call the Registration and Scheduling Office at (715) 836-2425.

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Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield 218
(715) 836-4741

Updated: Nov. 18, 1999