New web interface could become the future of online instruction


Brunner said student affair specialists and faculty will be able assist students online via chat, messages, and phone—something they’d one day like to make available 24/7.

Because Shores’ schedule doesn’t allow her to start homework until late in the day, the prospect of eventual 24/7 assistance sounds appeasing, she said.

When she has any questions about her assignments, she typically eMails the instructor, and because she does things late in the day, she often doesn’t get a reply until the next morning.

Apple said the school plans to use student reaction to make enhancements to the interface, and he anticipates that by next spring all online students will be able to use it. By next summer, he said, those not taking online classes should have access as well.

“It establishes Harrison College as an innovator in the online space, knowing that more and more students are going to seek out online options,” Apple said. “It sets us apart from everybody else that is out there.”

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