Auburn teams with online education company to provide Web-based courses

AUBURN – Auburn University’s Distance Learning and Outreach Technology Department is teaming up with JER Online, a nationally recognized source of online education, to provide Web-based courses geared toward technical and professional training.

JER Online works with nationally and internationally accredited educational institutions to offer continuing education, adult education, workforce education, community education and customized training.

This partnership will enable Auburn to develop its own curriculua for online classes, while offering courses developed by other JER Online affiliates.

“This collaboration will provide courses valuable to our community, communities outside our region, alumni and possibly current students,” said Monica DeTure, director of Distance Learning and Outreach Technology.

Auburn’s benefits from this union include receiving a portion of the course fees; however, the main advantage stems from the university’s ability to share work that has been conducted in non-credit areas.

“Actively working to keep university professionals educated, Auburn invests time and resources into gathering knowledge beneficial to updating and advancing employees’ proficiency in their fields,” said DeTure. “Although this insight may not translate directly into the university’s traditional, credit-based courses, JER Online provides a place to supply this information and continue to develop worthwhile educational programs.”

Professional studies such as medical Spanish, computer certification and emergency management will be available to anyone interested in the programs. These courses are intended to quickly and effectively advance professional knowledge, while also providing flexibility. By working from a personal computer at a self-directed pace, individuals have the ability to schedule studies around their established routine.

Courses last five to eight weeks, and open enrollment allows classes to begin on any chosen date. Although the offered courses vary, most will consist of web-based instruction through readings, videos and online assignments.

Registration for these classes will be available by Aug. 1 through the Distance Learning and Outreach Technology Web site at www.auburn.edu/outreach/dl.

“We believe the popularity of Web-based education will continue to grow, and the university’s partnership with JER Online will prove to be a positive advancement and truly valuable affiliation for Auburn University,” said DeTure.

(Contributed by Sarah Jane Little.)

Contact: Mark Gale (334) 844-3112 (mtg0004@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)