UA is Good at Online Learning - and Will Get Better

Sep 16, 2020

The pandemic forced shift to more online education may fundamentally change the way students access the University of Alaska system. Speaking during a press conference yesterday (Tues.), interim UA president Pat Pitney said expanded distance delivery options will likely continue after the pandemic.

…to the offerings.”

Pitney said the university system has fared well during the pandemic because it has offered distance delivery for over 20 years.  That’s been taken to a new level over the last 6 months, and UA recently put 5 Alaska specific classes on the nationwide university platform Ed X, where Pitney sees longer term potential.

…our regional areas.”

While noting the potential for online growth, Pitney emphasized that the traditional on campus educational experience is not going away.

…to come together.”

Pitney said students will likely increasingly have a hybrid experience, taking some courses in person on campus, and others online.