Graduate-level students in far-flung regions of southwest Ohio can now get their Master of Education degree without ever setting foot on campus. The University’s first official distance-learning program started this fall at Wilmington High School, about 40 miles northeast of Cincinnati. The site was approved by Ohio and North Central Association officials. About 30 students, mostly teachers, signed up.
“This represents a significant departure from traditional classroom education for Xavier, but there’s a lot of online education out there and Xavier needs to keep up,” says John Cooper, director for graduate services. The hybrid course includes classroom and web-based instruction and videoconferencing. The idea is gaining speed. A second site in Middletown, between Cincinnati and Dayton, was recently approved. How much further up the road it goes is anyone’s guess.