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This is a really facinating comment.  I think you may be on to something
about students choosing an online class because they want the least amount
of contact time possible.  I have not taught a web-based course, but I am in
the process of taking one.  I am taking this computer class, and it is not
something I am very enthusiastic about, but I have to learn this computer
program.  If I am very truthful with myself, I think the online form appeals
to me because it seems like I won't have to spend as much time on it.
Perhaps a screening process would include informing students that they will
have to work just as hard in an online class as face to face.
Sharon

Sharon Hagy
Basic Skills Specialist
Mt. Hood Community College
(503) 491-7590
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jean Kaufmann [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Friday, October 13, 2000 12:42 PM
> To:   [log in to unmask]
> Subject:      online writing courses
>
> Hi, Listers--
> I'm looking for suggestions to help a colleague who is frustrated in his
> first semester teaching an online Eng. 102 class.  (This course
> emphasizes--but is not limited to--research/documentation, analysis,
> argumentation, etc.)  He informed the students at the beginning that
> they needed to be very familiar with e-mail, the internet, and computers
> in general; could expect to spend 7-10 hrs. weekly working on
> assignments; had to be able to work independently and to follow written
> instructions, etc. Instead of attracting good students who, for whatever
> reason, would prefer to take the course in this format, the course seems
> to have attracted students who are not only lacking in computer ability
> but also in writing ability.  They seem to have chosen this format to
> distance themselves from the instructor.  And, group work has all but
> fallen apart. My friend is now wondering if there shouldn't be some sort
> of screening process before students can enroll in an online writing
> class.  Has anyone had any success with these courses?  Suggestions?
> Thanks!