Hi, Katy... I've been teaching a web-enhanced course (3 credit hour women's studies) for 5 semesters. It is competency-based and only requires that students meet the deadlines specified on my course timeline, rather than focusing on contact time. As it is a behavioral science course, I design a great deal of interaction in the course by using both asynchronous discussion boards (weekly postings) and synchronous chat (although this one is optional and used for instructor/student conferencing, topic wrap-up, etc.). In advising students of the time that they should be prepared to spend on this course, I use the standard college formula of: 1 credit hour = 2 study hours outside of class. So, I tell students that they should be prepared to study (view assigned videos, read assigned text, respond to discussion board, etc.) the 3 hours that they would have attended class, in addition to using the above formula. This equates to 9 hours of study per week. I also give them a hypothetical online study plan to give them an idea of what a typical student might plan each day....and I do tell them to do something each day towards completing the coursework. This is one of the first things that online students will learn - you stay ahead of the game when you do a bit of the work each day. Online learning can become an albatross around your neck if you do not use frequency as your guide. I hope that this helps, Katy. Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions.... Regards, Sonja Milbourn KATHLEEN RIEHLE wrote: > Hi group, > > As I design my web-based course, I am wondering about traditional contact > hour requirements. I know we can't really compare the traditional course > requirements to a web-based course, but how does one figure contact time? > Also, I seem to be loading students down with a lot of work per week. I am > wondering how many activities are reasonable for a typical three-hour course? > > Thanks for any help along these lines. > > Katy -- ~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~ Sonja Milbourn Instructor, Center for Independent Study Butler County Community College Office Ph.: 316.322.3395 www2.southwind.net/~smilbour/bio.html [log in to unmask] ~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.