Some Strategies for Balancing Economies of Scale and Interaction in Online/Distance Education Courses
After reviewing the literature on interaction in distance education/online learning contexts, I offer some suggestions for balancing studentsâ€™ and teachersâ€™ needs for greater interaction with the economies of scale often achieved in such learning contexts. Specifically, I suggest that instructors’ use of threaded online discussions and student small learning groups will maximize interaction while also enhancing learning. Additionally, I recommend that instructors incorporate individual student learning styles into the instructional design of their online/distance education courses. I conclude by discussing the ways that these three strategies are particularly useful when teaching business-related courses.