The Diamondback, the independent student newspaper of the University of Maryland at College Park, reports that officials for Maryland’s 11 public colleges and universities are experimenting with an online learning program that would decrease face-time with teachers and students in some classrooms. Officials say the experiment, which will include study materials and other exercises to be completed online, could help decrease class sizes, especially in large lecture-style classrooms, where dozens and sometimes even hundreds of students are forced to sit and listen to a single lecturer. Maryland reportedly is the first state in the nation to try such an approach.