The journal Community College Week recently published an article entitled “Online Learning Today: What Works, What Doesn’t.” The author, William Wade, is dean of Online Learning at West Kentucky Community & Technical College, a school that began its online course offerings in 1991 when “the college introduced an English Composition course with an enrollment of 12 students. The course could be taken from home using a virtual bulletin board in a system limited to one login at a time. Students scrolled through course content in a single direction, turned in their papers via e-mail, and received graded papers from the teacher through postal mail. ” Obviously much has changed since then!
This article provides a concise overview on some of the most successful strategies in online education today: consistency, engagement, affordable quality, and mobile options.