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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Online courses are becoming more common at Georgia colleges, but a new study shows some faculty members remain resistant to online education.

Researchers interviewed more than 50,000 faculty members.

Nearly 64 percent said teaching a course online takes more effort than a face to face course.

Gene Behal teaches two online courses at Darton and says they have pros and cons.

"Online is definitely more effort you're expected to be available 24/7 because people have different working habits there are some classes where I would really want to be face to face," said Gene Behal, Computer Info. Systems Inst.

The study says most faculty spend twice as much time overseeing an online course as they do a traditional class.

Darton College now offers courses to teach instructors how to teach online classes better.

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