On-Campus and Online Students in the Same Class
Myron Feinstein, Anna Story, John DiElsi, Mercy College, United States
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Lugano, Switzerland ISBN 978-1-880094-53-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
Distance education was originally offered to increase college reach and revenue. Today, many on-campus students improve their scheduling flexibility by taking online courses. To mitigate the financial consequences of fewer on-campus students, our bricks and mortar college is experimenting with on-campus and online students in the same class (OC-OL). This offers an even greater challenge to the instructor than pure online classes. We describe the methods used to effectively unite a group of students taking the same course in very different environments. Student work assignments, group projects, discussion boards, slide presentations, and chats are designed to foster an interactive "classroom" and to create a strong sense of community. This experiment is expected to result in better use of the college's assets and increased retention of online students. Because instructors have considerably more work for each OC-OL class, appropriate compensation is being addressed.
Feinstein, M., Story, A. & DiElsi, J. (2004). On-Campus and Online Students in the Same Class. In L. Cantoni & C. McLoughlin (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2004--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 3864-3866). Lugano, Switzerland: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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