February 8, 2011 | | Leave a comment According to officials from the University of Georgia, the school is pushing to offer more online degree programs, the Athens Banner-Herald reports. The school recently announced the launch of a new online master's degree program in reading education, which is only the institution's third web-based curriculum. However, officials told the news provider that the university is not heading toward a future where students sit in their dorm rooms, turn on their computers and take a class. Instead, school administrators see online learning as a way to attract more students to the university, particularly in graduate programs. Web-based postsecondary curricula are becoming increasingly popular because they allow working professionals to continue their education while remaining employed. Online learning "has been a largely dormant opportunity here," Jere Morehead, UGA provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, told the news source. "I think we have a lot of opportunity there." A 2009 report from the Sloan Consortium reveals that 4.6 million students were taking at least online online course during the fall 2008 semester, which represents a 17 percent increase from 2007.