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Pre-registration for Online Courses

Because online learning is still relatively new to most institutions, many students consider online courses easier than on campus courses.  When they enroll after reading only the course description, they can experience frustration and may not complete the course because they are not prepared for the text based environment, do not understand the self-motivation necessary for online learning, or are not computer literate enough to use software or do web searches, etc.  This manuscript presents a process the author uses to pre-register students for online speech communication courses at Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSUM), a midsize public university.  Information and a pre-registration assignment allow the instructor to gauge student commitment to completing an online course and to present students with necessary information before they enroll in the course.


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