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Boston College's Advancing Studies Undergraduate Course Catalog Goes Immersive
BOSTON, MA - April 23, 2010 - During his opening address at the Immersive Education 2010 Summit, James A. Woods, Dean of Boston College's Woods College of Advancing Studies, today announced that the college's undergraduate courses will be offered as fully immersive distance learning classes through the Immersive Education Initiative. Starting with 4 classes this fall, the entire Woods College of Advancing Studies course catalog is expected to become fully immersive over the next five years. Standard Boston College credit is issued for immersive Advancing Studies courses, with no distinction made between the amount or form of credit given for traditional in-person classes. Students enrolled in immersive classes attend entirely within an online immersive learning environment, using open and freely available technologies endorsed by the Initiative, and may therefore reside anywhere in the world.
Following the announcement by Woods, Aaron E. Walsh, Director of the Immersive Education Initiative, invited Summit attendees to review the Advancing Studies undergraduate course catalog and apply to teach courses remotely using immersive education technology. Walsh stated that faculty who teach immersively will be paid a highly competitive professional rate, and will teach in short "blocks" that accommodate their otherwise busy schedules. Immersive faculty can teach part-time (for as little as 6 hours a semester), in the evening or weekends, and from wherever they reside.
During their respective opening remarks at the Summit both Woods and Walsh explained that every member of the Immersive Education Initiative is eligible to teach Advancing Studies courses immersively. Criteria for teaching immersively, and faculty application forms, can be obtained from the Director of the Initiative.
"It is with confidence that the Woods College of Advancing Studies will offer its undergraduate courses as fully immersive distance learning classes through the Immersive Education Initiative. Beginning with five classes this fall, we will work toward all of our courses becoming fully immersive. Academic credit will be given for the immersive courses with no distinction between credit for immersive and traditional in-person classes. Students enrolled in immersive classes attend entirely within an online immersive learning environment, using open and freely available technologies endorsed by the Initiative, and may therefore reside anywhere in the world. I hope that some of you will indicate your intent to become instructors in our effort," commented Woods.
Registration for the following immersive Advancing Studies classes is now open. To register, or to obtain more information about these and other courses, visit http://bc.edu/schools/advstudies
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