Taking classes on line has been a big part of the controversy surrounding the University of Virginia.
As more schools offer courses on-line, we wanted to know what students have to choose from locally. At Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, about 40 percent of last fall's students took class on-line. Through a series of videos, recorded lectures, and reading assignments, the students were able to get an education they might have otherwise missed out on.
Karen Kellison, Associate Dean of Instructional Technology, explained, "For many of our students who are part-time, who have families who have other obligations, being in an on-line environment is very helpful to them."
Leaders at LFCC say there are talks of adding more courses to the web. Though the virtual classroom adds an extra burden for instructors, the convenience and affordability of the classes may help more students enroll.