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"My Experience with Teaching Online: Confessions and Observations of a Survivor" icon

My Experience with Teaching Online: Confessions and Observations of a Survivor

This paper describes a journey to create two online economics courses for businesses students. Initial expectations and preconceptions about the goal of online classes, required online technologies, online student characteristics, and prevalent concerns over online student shirking are discussed. Student surveys were conducted to solicit student views on what worked and did not work in the courses. The results suggest that initial expectations and concerns were wrong. In most cases, online students are looking for an alternative to - rather than a replication of - traditional classes. Student responses are used to create a more accurate picture of who online students are and what they are looking for in online courses. Commonly-held views about online technology requirements are not universally valid for all online classes. Online class organization and university policies toward online class instruction need to change to better meet the needs of online students and instructors.


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