ERIC Number: EJ1065632
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
Creating a First Class Experience That's First Class
McNair, Philip A.; Thompson, Tedi L.
Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, v10 n3 Fall 2007
The American Public University System (APUS) is currently attracting more than eight hundred new undergraduate students every month, the majority of whom are required to take "Foundations of Online Learning" as their first course. That first course plays a critical role in the academic career of new students and may have a direct bearing on whether they finish their degree. It must introduce students to the institution's policies, procedures, and processes, develop competency with the online learning management system; develop critical study skills; and initiate the complex and necessary process of building a sense of belonging within a virtual community of learners. This paper examines the critical first class experience from the perspective of an online, open enrollment institution serving primarily adult learners in the military and public service sectors.
Descriptors: Online Courses, Open Enrollment, Military Personnel, Public Service, Adult Learning, Behavioral Objectives, Instructional Materials, Assignments, Faculty Development, Student Attitudes, Participant Satisfaction, Instructional Design, Educational Practices, Student Experience, College Freshmen, Educational Change, Change Strategies, Curriculum Development, Program Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A