How Can Instructors and Administrators Fill the Missing Link in Online Instruction?

January 17, 2003

As more courses in higher education move to an online format, a major concern that has arisen is the lack of personal interaction between the professor and student. The literature provides evidence that often online courses are configured and delivered in a style more often associated with independent study or correspondence work.While this format may work in some instances, it leaves a “missing link” in the learning curve for students since they lack the opportunity to benefit from the experience of structured dialogue and sense of community that can be created in a traditional on-site classroom environment.

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