Posted: Jan 16, 2013 6:15 PM by Nikki Ibarra
Updated: Jan 17, 2013 5:14 AM
Governor Jerry Brown is urging California colleges to offer more online courses.
In his latest budget, Governor Brown proposed giving public colleges and universities almost $40 million, which the governor hopes will force colleges to stop raising tuition and start to embrace digital learning.
Governor Brown said this will make college more accessible and possibly cheaper for students.
"Students have different learning styles," said Nancy Meddings of Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria.
That's why Meddings said online classes are the second most popular choice for students. "If you are working, if you do have some child care or elder care concerns, online learning might be perfect for you. It offers you the opportunity to work in the evening hours," added Meddings.
But it's not the best option for some. "If you're not obligated to come to class it's so easy to say, well I'm a little tired this week. I'm just going to push it off to next week and that becomes next week and then the next thing you know you're really behind," said Meddings.
At Hancock and Cal Poly, there's no price difference between an online class or taking a class on campus.
Online classes can sometimes hold more students. "Most of our classrooms, we hold about 30 students. We can take 40 or 45 in an online course," added Meddings.
Meddings also said online could be a little cheaper than taking classes on campus because you won't have to pay for parking.
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