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Online learning offered at US school

Online learning is being embraced by a school in the US that has enrolled students from as far away as Dubai as a result of the technology's use.

St Pius High School in Albuquerque made the move to offer e-learning as an option in order to offer some advanced instruction for classes in which not enough students register.

According to a report by the Albuquerque Journal, e-learning is part of a new drive towards online learning that is currently taking place at the school.

St Pius principal Barbara Rothweiler told the news provider that she approves of e-learning due to the fact it provides her students with more options.

"They're going to have to do this in college. It's going to be a college requirement somewhere along the line. We can also use it for classes that maybe don't have enough students to be in a class, but we still want to give them an opportunity to increase their learning," she said.

Colleges and schools around the world are increasingly turning to online learning as a way to attract more students to the facility from far afield.

St Pius teacher Diana Perea has been selected to teach a computer science class using the online learning technology that has been brought into the school as a result of the move and she told the newspaper that it is a good opportunity and represents the future of teaching.

"There's a lot of college classes taken online. So this is a good prep for the kids to start doing this," she was quoted as saying.

Ms Rothweiler noted online learning could also be a good way for those students who need to catch up to do so away from regular school hours.

In a recent interview with SmartPlanet, Anant Agarwal, president of edX - Harvard University, the University of California, Berkeley and Massachusetts Institute of Technology's e-learning initiative, said e-learning's benefits include the fact that it can transform academia's efficiency, scale and quality.

06 September 2012

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