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Sunday, January 15, 2006

Sloan Semester Ends

Back in September, I mentioned that I was organizing Drexel's effort in the Sloan Semester, a program to provide free online courses for students displaced by hurricane Katrina. We ended up offering 5 courses - Kevin Owen's Mass Spectrometry, Scott Warnock's English Composition and my 3 Organic Chemistry courses.

This was challenging on many levels, requiring the cooperation of many people at Drexel and at the Sloan Consortium. It was also very difficult for the students, who often had limited access to the internet and were dealing with all of the other problems related to losing their homes. Many made use of public library computers. In the end about 30% who registered completed their course.

Even though it was not easy, many students were helped by this program across the country. This is a great example of the unexpected benefits of having courses in an online format.


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