SMU has joined a consortium of prestigious universities to offer a limited number of live, online courses for academic credit through Semester Online. The program will begin in fall 2013.
Approved University undergraduates will have the opportunity to take classes taught by faculty who teach the same courses at Boston College, Brandeis University, Emory University, Northwestern University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Notre Dame and Washington University in St. Louis. The online courses will be as rigorous as those offered on campus, but will allow students to join from anywhere they have internet access.
SMU is joining Semester Online as a Charter Affiliate Partner, along with Baylor University and Temple University.
Provost Paul Ludden said that the agreement with Semester Online will provide valuable flexibility for SMU students, especially for those who need to spend a semester away from the main campus for internships or to manage personal commitments.
“This is an exciting opportunity for our students,” Ludden said. “The live, face-to-face classes will allow the students and the professor to all see each other in real time, enabling both conversations and visual presentations on the same platform.”