ST. MARTIN — New this semester, Chatfield College has launched a new educational platform, eCampus, that allows students to take courses online. Students of both the Brown County and Over-the-Rhine campuses are taking advantage of the new opportunity — with a third of the college’s population enrolled in at least one online course.
Project Manager of Online Learning Michelle Miranda said, “Chatfield’s eCampus offers unique ways for instructors to address the specific needs of their students. Instructors are using the platform for both blended and fully online learning opportunities, leading to enhanced student ownership in the learning experience. It’s exciting to witness the increased collaboration and communication happening through eCampus.”
The goal of online classes is to extend Chatfield’s personalized, supportive learning environment beyond the rigid confines of a classroom, and continue to meet the changing needs of its students. Online courses were intentionally designed with the same support, rigor, and interaction with the instructors that students experience in seated classes.
Seven online courses debuted this semester, and all seven filled to capacity within weeks. There are a variety of courses being offered, from core classes such as English to specialty classes such as Early Childhood Development and Addiction Studies.
“In the first week alone, students and faculty have accessed information in eCampus over 40,000 times. We are extremely pleased to see this level of usage in an environment focused solely on our students,” said Chatfield’s Academic Dean, Dr. Peter Hanson.
Tia Fern, a second-semester student at the Brown County campus, is very happy to be able to take online courses for the first time.
“Offering classes online is efficient for students who are really busy, juggling responsibilities like families, sports, or work. I am working and going to school at the same time, so the flexibility is really important to me,” Fern said.
Chatfield plans to continually add more online courses based on curriculum and student need. More online classes will be offered for the summer term, beginning in June.
Chatfield College is a private, faith-based, liberal arts college offering the Associate of Arts degree in Brown County and Cincinnati. It is an open enrollment college.
The Brown County campus is located at 20918 State Route 251, St. Martin; while the Cincinnati campus is located in Over-the-Rhine at 1544 Central Parkway, Cincinnati.
For more information, please visit the website at www.chatfield.edu, call 513-875-3344 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.