New Project at FAMUDRS Hopes to Pioneer Online Learning

Posted at 1:14 PM, Oct 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-08 09:25:48-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - FAMU'S Developmental Research School in Tallahassee will be part of a new research project, designed to pioneer online learning and technologies.

The project aims to bring these methods to historically black colleges and universities (HBCU). The school says by utilizing these blended learning strategies, they can better prepare students for college and help them graduate on time.

The school is collaborating with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the University of Phoenix and says they will design courses that combine both classroom and online content.

Students will also be able to access the University of Phoenix's online learning platform through tutoring, workshops, library and other resources.

"Taking classes online isn't for the sake of taking the class online, the assessment tools that are in the class will also build a greater competency for those students as they go through the classes also, that's what it's about," said Byron Jones, CFO of the University of Phoenix.

In November of 2014, The University of Phoenix offered its online platform to historically black colleges and universities through an alliance with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

This partnership at FAMU DRS makes FAMU the first HBCU to take them up on the offer.