English and HumanitiesCollege Composition IWriting Proficiency TestFall 2010Form FL1O CTime limit: 90 minutesRead the attached article carefully, and then write an essay inresponse to thequestion below. Be sure that your essay reacts to the ideasand/or evidencepresented in the article, but remember that you are explainingyour own point ofview, not the author’s1$ online education as effective as in-classroom face-to-faceeducation?Your essay should
• support a clear thesis statement• be organized into well-developed paragraphs• refer to the attached article at least once► You may use a dictionary.► Spend some time thinking about what you are going towrite before you beginyour composition. You may use scrap paper if you want. Allscrap paper andexamination materials must be handed in with your finalversion.► Do not worry about crossing out words or phrases, but besure that your essay islegibly written in blue or black ink.► Your instructor will tell you your score on this essay atyour scheduled class sessionduring final exam week. Scores are not given out over thetelephone. Anyarrangements for portfolio appeals must be made with yourinstructor.
Learning in Dorm, Because Class Is on the WebTrip GabrielGAINESVILLE, Fla. — Like most other undergraduates,Anish Patel likes to sleep in. Eventhough his Principles of Microeconomics class at 9:35 a.m. isjust a five-minute stroll from hisdorm, he would rather flip open his laptop in his room towatch the lecture, streamed liveover the campus network.On a recent morning, as Mr. Patel’s two roommates slept withcovers pulled tightly over theirheads, he sat at his desk taking notes on Prof. Mark Rush’sexplanation of the term "perfectcompetition.” A camera zoomed in for a close-up of theblackboard, where Dr. Rush scribbledin chalk, "lots of firms and lots of buyers.”The curtains were drawn in the dorm room. The floor wasawash in the flotsam of three
freshmen — clothes, backpacks, homework, packages ofChips Ahoy and Cap’n Crunch’sCrunch Berries.The University of Florida broadcasts and archives Dr. Rush’slectures less for the convenienceof sleepy students like Mr. Patel than for a simple principleof economics: 1,500undergraduates are enrolled and no lecture hall couldpossibly hold them. Dozens of popularcourses in psychology, statistics, biology and other fields arealso offered primarily online.Students on this scenic campus of stately oaks rarely meetclassmates in these courses.Online education is best known for serving older,nontraditional students who can not travelto colleges because of jobs and family. But the sametechnologies of "distance learning” arenow finding their way onto brick-and-mortar campuses,especially public institutions hit