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UNC-CH Courses Set for Web

Posted December 7, 1996 12:00 a.m. EST

— Being late for class won't be a problem for students in four courses at the University of Carolina this spring. They can use their own computers to take the courses on the World Wide Web.

Available through the Division of Continuing Education, the classes will be UNC-CH's first undergraduate courses to be offered completely on line. The four are: "Introduction to African Civilization,""The World Since 1945""Introduction to Urbanism and Planning," and "General Physics." Each course carries three credit hours. To enroll, students must have Internet access and an e-mail account.

Professors and students will communicate by e-mail. Students can interact with classmates through on line "discussion" groups. The course's homepage will outline assignments and texts, and provide information about how to proceed with instruction.

"The technology behind distance learning, as demonstrated in these pilot classes, can reach students who otherwise might not be able to come physically to Chapel Hill and take advantage of a Carolina education," said Chancellor Michael Hooker.

Correspondence courses have been a fixture at college campuses for decades; UNC-CH continues to serve 3,000 off-site students each year by that means.

The on line courses are limited to 15 students. Enrollment begins in mid-December and runs through Jan. 15, 1997. Fee is $225 per course, and does not include textbooks or Internet access service. For more information call 800-862-5669 or 919-962-1134, or fax to 919-962-5549.

Additional on line courses are expected to be offered in fall, 1997.