Online Learning Update

September 29, 2017

Online courses ‘more time-consuming’ to prepare for, study says

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:03 am

By Jack Grove, Times Higher Ed

Online courses are more time-consuming for academics to prepare for than traditional teaching, according to an Australian study. Tasmanian researchers find it takes 10 hours to plan an hour’s lecture for online students, compared to eight hours for on-campus delivery.  Analysing the responses of just over 2,000 academics to a survey conducted by the National Tertiary Education Union, John Kenny and Andrew Fluck from the University of Tasmania found that it took academics 10 hours to plan an hour’s lecture for online students compared with eight hours for a traditional hour-long lecture. It took six hours to plan an online tutorial, as opposed to five hours for an in-person one, and 100 hours to plan an entirely new unit for online students compared with 96 hours for a course delivered on campus.

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