Even as online classes gain in popularity, Louisiana’s community colleges are going further, offering courses on cell phones starting next year, reports The Advocate of Baton Rouge, La. Students with newer models like iPhone and BlackBerry phones can choose in January from 21 pilot program classes in business and general education, the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, or LCTCS, has announced. The classes will be available through one web site–www.lctcsonline.edu–at any of the state’s nine community colleges. "It’s exciting when it’s a vision you’re not sure is genius or half-baked," LCTCS President Joe May said. But after partnering with AT&T and Pearson and its eCollege platform, May said he realized the new LCTCSOnline project is the future, if not entirely the present. The goal is to provide educational access to more geographically-bound students who have children and jobs, May said, particularly in the 25-to-64 age range. "We realized it was a big vision, and we realized it was something that hadn’t been done before," May said. Cell phone-accessible classes are a new trend in Japan, but not in the United States. May, as well as Pearson and AT&T officials, said they are unaware of anything similar in the United States…

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