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!