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February 24, 2019

Extending the Conversation on Online Course Length

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Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed

Two weeks ago, “Inside Digital Learning” published an article exploring the decision-making process for institutions tweaking the length of their online courses. If you missed that piece, catch up before reading this one. A significant volley of Twitter mentions of the article — and a few email messages in our in-box — left us thinking about additional angles to explore on this topic. Teaching a short online course can be a learning experience for instructors. Penelope Moon is the former director of online programs in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University and is currently responsible for elearning planning and design with the Office of Digital Learning and Innovation at the University of Washington’s Bothell campus. For eight years at Arizona State, she taught 7.5-week-long online courses, and she continues to do so as an associate clinical professor. At another institution, she previously taught the same course online in a semester-length format. In a shorter course, she’s more focused on outcomes — how to ensure that students leave the class having learned a set of knowledge and skills. “It really forces faculty to identify what’s essential in a course, and to trim the fat,” Moon said.

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