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ERIC Number: EJ895977
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0194-3081
Planning for Online Courses at Rural Community Colleges
Leist, Jay; Travis, Jon
New Directions for Community Colleges, n150 p17-25 Sum 2010
The delivery of courses and even complete degree programs online has become commonplace in higher education. As institutions seek to extend their reach and students demand more convenient access to the college curriculum, online offerings have increased at an accelerating rate. What has not kept pace with this expansion of online offerings is the necessary corresponding development of planning to ensure that quality is incorporated with the increase in online delivery. Although comparisons of online and face-to-face instruction have not shown a difference in quality, a lack of planning for online instruction can reduce its effectiveness. This chapter examines the value of online instruction to rural community colleges, the importance of planning for these courses, and the actual planning that selected rural community colleges have undertaken. As this examination demonstrates, online course planning, as vital as it is to rural campuses, is often overlooked as colleges rush to jump on the fastmoving train of online instruction.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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