National Distance Learning Week Day 2 – Accessibility is the Key

*This is part of a five-day series celebrating National Distance Learning Week Nov. 9-13. eVersity is doing a daily tribute featuring “Five Ways Distance Learning Changes Lives.”

With more than 80 percent of the University of Arkansas System eVersity’s current student population between the nontraditional ages of 23-49, its hard-working students know a thing or two about finding the time to balance coursework with life.

Accessibility to learning, many of our graduates report, is the key component to making it work.

“One of my favorite things (about eVersity) was that you can really work at your own pace,” said Karen Demunn Schmarje, an eVersity graduate. “I have an 8-year-old, an 11-year-old and a nine-month-old. What would work for me is, I would do the bulk of my homework on Sunday and try to get as much of that week’s work done at one time because during the week, I’ve got to take my oldest to cheer practice, I’ve got to take them to 4-H. I loved that I had that flexibility to log in and get it done on my schedule.”

That’s why eVersity’s second installation of its five-day recognition of National Distance Learning Week 2020 celebrates accessibility and how it changes lives. The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) dedicates one week each year to provide an opportunity to celebrate growth and accomplishments in distance learning and for faculty and students to showcase excellence in teaching, technology and research. National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) is an opportunity to share innovations being used to help provide quality and robust online education.

As a 100 percent-online institution, eVersity’s goal is to make its national award-winning classes not only as accessible as possible to ensure success, but its business model was innovatively created to only allow students to take one six-week class at a time, seven times annually.

“This allows busy, working students to only have to fit one extra thing into their lives,” said Michael Moore, Ph.D., chief academic/operating officer at eVersity. “Our students not only overwhelmingly love that, but they are overwhelmingly successful with more than 92 percent of them succeeding in our classes, which is off the charts.”