Augustana expands online classes for summer session

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Rock Island, Ill. – After a successful pilot program last year, Augustana College is adding more online classes for its summer session beginning June 1, bringing the total to eight classes in subjects from world history to microeconomics. In addition to Augustana students, the online courses are open to students from other colleges and non-degree seeking students.

The online summer offerings are not part of any plan to replace traditional classes at Augustana. Rather, they are envisioned as a supplemental resource for both the summer session and other parts of the calendar year, said Dr. Pareena Lawrence, Augustana’s provost. The college is encouraging the growth of blended learning, whereby more digital and online media is combined with traditional instruction, she said.

"Blended learning has been found to be very effective if the course is carefully developed and structured," said Dr. Lawrence.

One of the primary appeals of online instructional materials for students is anytime, anywhere access, and that can be especially true during the summer months when students typically are away from campus. This includes students with off-campus jobs, as well as others involved in Augustana internships, research projects or study abroad.

Augustana’s online classes this summer will cover Shakespeare and film, macroeconomics, microeconomics, intercultural communication, rhetorical criticism, cultural geography, statistics and world history.

Registration opens April 13 and closes May 28. For more information, search "summer session" at www.augustana.edu or call the Registrar’s Office at 309-794-7277.