ERIC Number: ED459874
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
A Case Study: Experiences in Developing Online Courses at a Community College.
Henning, Neal L.
This study examined the experiences of nine faculty members in the development of two online courses at a community college in southeast Nebraska. The faculty members used Lotus Notes (software that was adapted for instructional delivery known as computer-mediated communication) as the delivery tool. Data was collected through interviews, observations, and participant-observations. Additionally, all online communications were analyzed. Findings included: (1) a single faculty member should not develop a course on his/her own-diverse groups help to ensure that the entire scope of the course is attended to; (2) faculty members need time to experiment and have fun so that they can become comfortable with the software and hardware; (3) faculty participants should be given the opportunity to be students before becoming online instructors; (4) it is important to screen faculty members before starting the actual training process for online course development-prospective participants should be screened for technical aptitude; and (5) online learning needs assessment in several areas. The development process of moving from a traditional classroom to an online environment is a time-consuming and complex task. This report records these experiences. (Contains 125 references.) (EMH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Doctor of Philosophy Dissertation, University of Nebraska.