More than three million students are studying online today, according to industry reports. Online universities, like American Public University System, are experiencing steady growth in student enrollments. And even traditional “brick-and-mortar” universities are adding more and more online course options to meet increased demand.
The online student’s launching pad for learning and interaction is the virtual classroom. Courses at APUS are taught an asynchronous format, so students log in to the classroom when and where it’s convenient for them. There, they see course content, learning activities, supplemental resources and more.
Powell says that APUS has incorporated other ways for learning and interaction outside the online classroom. For example, APUS shares more than 400 video and audio links on its iTunes University site.
Continuing the Community
Students have a unique way to connect in person as well. Graduation ceremonies are held each year in the Washington, D.C., area. The APUS alumni group continues the “community” through its various professional networking opportunities and its own online social network.