UC Berkeley has begun taking faculty pre-proposals for online courses this fallThe University of California at Berkeley (UC) has begun taking faculty pre-proposals for online courses this fall, reports The Daily Californian. By next March, professors will need to submit full class designs.

College officials said they hope to have 25 lower-division classes developed and ready for online enrollment next fall. Dan Greenstein, UC’s vice provost for academic planning, programs and coordination, says the pilot program will need to garner approximately $6 million to support the whole curriculum.

"The ambitions that I have relate to building something … that would enable us to offer a UC quality of excellence to a population that simply cannot fit in the bricks and mortar campus we have today," Christopher Edley, dean of the UC Berkeley school of law, told the news source.

Furthermore, professors said they feel that the quality of education offered online will not differ from what is provided in a traditional classroom instruction.

According to the Sloan Consortium, the number of online education enrollments is five times greater than the amount of traditional enrollments.

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