Wednesday, July 18

The Impact of Online Teaching on Faculty Load (By Lawrence Tomei)

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"It is not uncommon for non-teaching administrators to view online, distance learning-based courses as the mother lode for sizeable tuition revenue increases. Why shouldn't an online instructor be capable of handling a hundred students? After all, there are no office hours, no classroom presentations, and no pencil-paper assessment.

This study examined the impact of substituting didactic instruction, face-to-face advisement, and pen and paper evaluations with web-based content, electronic information and inquiry, and online assessment. It analyzed the impact of distance learning demands on faculty teaching loads and computed the ideal class size for an online course... "

"...(Findings) the ideal traditional class size was 17 students while the ideal online class size was 12 students."

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