Students not able to make it to class at Minot State University may be in luck.
A new way of attending class has been developed by professors at the university.
The state of the art program called "Online Student Integration Classroom" allows students the opportunity to interact with their class live.
Students not in attendance are able to ask questions, talk to other students in a chat room and receive the notes for the day.
(Gary Ross, Director, Master of Science Bachelor Program) "They have the option of joining us live instead of just watching a recording. So our online students can join us live virtually using the virtual media technology that's apart of this package or if they can't join us live they can view the recordings of class sessions."
The technology allows students to access the program anywhere in the country with internet access and a laptop.
The idea is currently being tested in nine graduate classes throughout campus.
(Gary Ross, Director, Master of Science Bachelor Program) "I personally believe this is the wave of the future. As in the business world with a downed economy. More and more employers are avoiding travel costs by incorporating virtual media technology into how they meet and get together. I think universities can benefit from that too."
Students are receptive of the program thus far according to some professors.
Two students used the Online Student Integration Classroom last week because they were having their wedding in Brazil.