Distance Learning Spans the Globe
Posted on Jun, 06 2012
Often we like to hear the unique stories of how the opportunity to take online courses helps our students. Students commonly express how taking courses online allows them to stay on track to graduate because courses are offered more frequently online than face-to-face on campus or that they are able to take courses during the summer when they may be working full time, have internships, or moved back to their parents’ houses for the break. Every student has a unique story, and Distance and Continuing Education is pleased to play a role in helping students complete their education. However, some of the most interesting stories are of how students located hundreds or even thousands of miles away are able to take our courses to work toward their degrees. NDSU construction engineering student, Richard Aipperspach, is a perfect example as his story was relayed from the Al Udeid Air Base in Doha, Qatar, where a sunny, 115 degree day, is the norm.
A junior in the construction engineering program, Aipperspach is taking advantage of the availability of online courses while he is supporting U.S. troops working as a civilian construction manager for CH2M Hill halfway across the globe in Qatar. Taking online courses allows him to stay connected to his education before he returns to NDSU full-time next year. Completing multiple general education courses through NDSU Distance and Continuing Education has helped him stay on track to take courses specific for his major when he returns to campus. Aipperspach recently completed Econ 105: Elements of Economics while working six 10-hour days a week. “The asynchronous format works great for someone not in the general Fargo-Moorhead area. I do all of my communication through email and Skype if necessary,” said Aipperspach. Working 60 hours a week and completing 1 or 2 classes is not an easy task. Aipperspach is grateful for the instructors and availability of distance-based courses.
If you have questions about taking online courses, talk to an academic advisor about your plan of study or contact NDSU Distance and Continuing Education for more information at 1-800-726-1724 or 701-231-7015 locally.