The state Board of Regents has extended the registration period to sign up for college courses taught over the Internet after just 29 students signed up through Monday's deadline.
Extending the deadline to today will allow "nontraditional" students at several state colleges to learn about the program as they go through the schools' orientation programs this week, said Kris Biesinger, the University System of Georgia's assistant vice chancellor for advanced learning technologies.
Officials do not have a specific number goal for eCore - the program's trademarked name - registration this semester but do want to have enough students so more than one section of each course could be taught and so student feedback would provide a meaningful evaluation of the courses and related services, she said.
The program is designed to make basic college courses available to people who might have difficulty getting access to traditional, campus-based courses - working mothers or people who live a long way from any college, for example.
Within two years, a student in the eCore program will be able to complete the university system's "core curriculum." The core curriculum, 60 credit hours that all college students must take before earning a college degree, is the equivalent of the first two years of college.
In eCore's initial run this fall, just six of the core courses are available online - the first and second courses in English composition, two math courses, American government and U.S. history.
More courses will be added over the next two years as they are developed by teams of faculty members from 22 University System schools, including the University of Georgia, she said.
Students enroll for the eCore courses, which cost $300 per course, through Clayton College and State University, Columbus State University, Floyd College, State University of West Georgia and Valdosta State University.
Registration for eCore courses can be completed online at the GLOBE World Wide Web site at www.georgiaglobe.org or by calling (888) 404-2740.
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