Report: Hybrid courses won’t grow higher education access

If a student says in the assessment that her computer skills are limited, the college’s website could direct her to a schedule of that same course in a face-to-face setting during the upcoming semester.

Many students, even if they score poorly on the online-learning assessment, sign up for a web-based class because every seat in the traditional class has been taken.

The researchers said community college websites should automatically guide students to a page with instructions on how to schedule an appointment with a campus adviser who could help the student wade through other course options.

“Given that students in introductory courses may also be less-prepared to deal with the challenges of online learning than would be a seasoned student in an advanced course,” Smith Jaggars said, “I might say that in general, before colleges continue to put more introductory courses online, they need to take a step back and consider the outcomes of the students who are in those courses, and see whether they need to put additional student or instructor supports in place to help improve outcomes for their current online offerings.”

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