Online Learning Update

June 28, 2015

Employment Status, Teaching Load, and Student Performance in Online Community College Courses

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:12 am

by Witt Salley and Melanie Shaw, OJDLA

A continued need exists for community college administrators to develop and implement strategies to ensure sufficient staffing to meet demand for online courses and promote student success. The problem this study addressed was threefold. First, online instructors in the local setting are overextended and are consequently unable to implement best practices. Another problem was that the current institutional system encourages overload teaching assignments. Finally, increased teaching loads can have negative ramifications on online instructor attentiveness, student performance, and academic rigor.

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