More Flexibility and More Responsibility
Presented by Carey Cole
Students often realize that one of the main benefits of a blended or an online class is the amount of flexibility that exists. However, these same types of courses require that students be more responsible. Do students know that an online presentation is just as important as a lecture-led presentation, even though the online session may be recorded and watched at a student’s convenience? Do students realize that many online participation activities such as a discussion board, blog, or wiki posting may be just as important as participating in a lecture-led class, even though a posting may be made at any time of the day or night? Students learn the fact about the extra flexibility and responsibility in one of two ways: after the class starts or before the class begins. Some students will enjoy and succeed under these conditions; others will not. The focus of this presentation is to describe some of the strategies that I have used to help ensure that students appreciate the magnitude of the extra flexibility and responsibility for an online or blended class and increase their chance of completing the class successfully.
Carey Cole is a lecturer in the Computer Information Systems & Management Science department in the College of Business. He has over twenty years of experience in the Information Systems field and has been teaching at James Madison University for ten years. Since completion of the 2006 Summer Institute, he has taught over twenty hybrid or online sections (approximately 600 total students). He was an early adopter of teaching hybrid classes at JMU and he has been a guest speaker and a faculty mentor for the CIT’s Blended Learning and Summer Institutes for the past year.