“two big problems” with online courses

Posted on February 21, 2013

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http://news.slashdot.org/story/13/02/20/2230237/the-two-big-problems-with-online-college-courses

First problem:  high attrition.  Second:

courses delivered solely online may be fine for highly skilled, highly motivated people, but they are inappropriate for struggling students who make up a significant portion of college enrollment and who need close contact with instructors to succeed.

“But, so far, the evidence shows that poorly designed courses can seriously shortchange the most vulnerable students.'”

This concurs with my experience, and why I’m glad Parkland doesn’t do its most developmental courses online.

Now, attendance is still a huge problem with developmental course.   That article mentions that hybrid courses get results comparable to ‘traditional’ (face to face, I assume) courses.

Here’s my suggestion:   have enough online so that the “face to face” is, essentially a hybrid.   Make it possible for a student to make up at least some of what was missed so that an absence isn’t an academic death knell.

 

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