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Online Education: Assessing Student Readiness

In a recent study conducted in the state of Washington, researchers evaluated the online education courses and the completion rates for Washington's community colleges. The push for community colleges to offer some form of online degree programs and courses has improved enrollment rates; however, researchers also noticed a more alarming trend among those taking online courses. According to an article in Inside Higher Ed, community college students enrolled in online courses had a significantly higher rate of failing courses, leaving the degree program, or not returning the next semester.

According to the article, the study cites the consistently growing enrollments in online programs with the lack of preparedness for online coursework. Students are choosing online classes, but there needs to be an assessment taken by the students before they begin an online course. Researchers also cite the need for faculty to discuss and take online pedagogy seminars so that they can help provide the needed support to the students. Also, the community college system needs to establish a better way to support online students and encourage them to complete the online programs.

You can read more at Inside Higher Ed

 

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