Semester Online also provides exciting opportunities to consortium faculty members. Participating professors will have the chance to take part in a first-class online learning experience and engage with the best and brightest students across the country.
"There isn't any question that online education is an important and impactful extension of our academic offering," said Ed Macias, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs of Washington University in St. Louis and catalyst for organizing the consortium. "The challenge has been developing a web-based program that mirrors the richness and robustness of the in-classroom experience and applies credit toward earning a degree. Semester Online does just that. The program will be a significant step forward."
"This is another way to test, learn from and benefit from the opportunities and challenges the online and digital worlds provide for us. We're doing this to offer our students even better options to enrich their education," said Peter Lange, provost of Duke University.
"Students from all over the country, or even from abroad, will be able to attend these online classes in real time—classes of about 15 to 20 students taught by professors at some of the nation's leading universities," said Daniel Linzer, Northwestern University provost. "These courses will expand curricular options for students and will enable consortium schools to work collaboratively to develop the most innovative and successful ways to utilize new learning technologies.""Now, no matter where they are in the world, students will have the opportunity to engage in internships and work experiences, travel or manage personal commitments while continuing their collegiate academic journey," said Earl Lewis, Emory University provost. The consortium is partnering with 2U, formerly known as 2tor, the leader in creating online academic experiences for top universities. Semester Online will feature many of the same elements that 2U offers its prestigious master's degree program partners, including live class sessions that connect students and professors; compelling, richly produced, self-paced course materials; and a strong social network that allows students to connect and build relationships with peers online.