By Joseph Pratt
Shawnee State University (SSU) is pushing a program that they claim makes it easy for anyone to take high-quality, noncredit online courses, no matter where they live.
SSU has partnered with ed2go to offer hundreds of online, instructor-facilitated courses. With the click of your computer mouse, you have the opportunity to brush up on an old skill, learn a new one, or take that course you’ve always been interested in.
All of the courses are said to provide well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction, and interaction with fellow students. Students have the flexibility to study at their own pace, while still having enough structure and support to complete the course. Classroom access is available 24/7, from anywhere with an internet connection.
Debbie Schwamberger is a representative of events and conference services at SSU and is a contact for the online course program.
“We’ve had these classes offered for a while, but we haven’t really pushed them,” Schwamburger said. “It has always been there when someone showed interest, but we are just now seeing more interest in the classes lately. People are more computer savvy and would rather work from home, so this is a way of being able to.”
New sessions of each course run every month. They last six weeks, with two new lessons being released weekly (for a total of 12). The courses are entirely Web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes and assignments. An instructor facilitates every course; pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback and facilitating discussions.
Popular course titles include: Creating Web Pages, Accounting Fundamentals, SAT/ACT Preparation, Grammar Refresher, Speed Spanish, Grant Writing, Medical Terminology and more. New courses are introduced on a monthly basis and are very affordable.
“These classes aren’t for credit, but people are still interested in them, because they are for growth and personal interest,” Schwamburger said. “Some classes can be taken for academic growth, like high school classes, a GED program and test prep, but others offer an intro to a variety of fields.”
The cost varies by program and can be as little as $95 a course, but can be as high as $900. Students who complete a course will receive a certificate from SSU that reflects a completion of so many hours.
To find out more about the available courses visit www.ed2go.com/shawnee or contact Event & Conference Services at Shawnee State University at 740-351-3390.
Joseph Pratt can be contacted at 740-353-3101, EXT 287, or by Twitter @JosephPratt03.