Don't Forget to Write...
It used to be that you had to stay on campus
to take a summer course. No more. Students today can go home, hold
down a summer job, travel, whatever they like, all while taking an
English writing course online.
Writing Program Director Richard Jenseth
has been offering English 290, Expository Writing, online for five
years now. "Altogether, well over 100 students have taken the
online course," Jenseth says. "They have participated from
Florida to Colorado and even India.
"The responses from students
have been consistently good," Jenseth says. He explains that they
enjoy working on their own time while still earning course credit. "My
favorite moment came four years ago, when I was doing research on cultural
tourism in Amsterdam, and I ran the last few weeks of the course from
a lovely little Internet cafe along one of the canals," he recalls.
The students are assigned work each day, according to Jenseth, and
the total time commitment and workload are equivalent to those in other
summer courses. "One difference is that there is no one time when
all students need to be 'in class'," Jenseth says. "There
are strict deadlines, but the writers are free to do the work any time
of day they choose.
"We stay in daily touch on a Web-based 'Discussion
Board' and students can contact me at any point by e-mail," Jenseth
says. With this method of learning, the world truly is St. Lawrence's
campus. -Jessica Knapp '03