A 2014 report from the National Center for Education Statistics shows that 12 percent of students were enrolled exclusively in distance education courses in 2012 and that 25.8 percent of all postsecondary students took at least one course online.
With the rising popularity of online education come concerns about how to keep students honest and hold them accountable for their work. One important aspect of this is to make your students feel the online class they’re taking is a real class. You can accomplish this in several ways.
You will also need a way to confirm that the students themselves are performing the lab investigations. There are several ways to accomplish this depending on the complexity of the investigation and available Internet bandwidth.
A good combination of student engagement and accountability will increase the success rate of your online laboratory classes and ensure academic rigor.
Ginder, Scott and Stearns, Christina. (2014). Enrollment in Distance Education Courses, by State: Fall 2012. National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved from http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2014/2014023.pdf
We’re here to provide guidance every step of the way throughout the process of selecting investigations and building kits. Contact a Distance Learning Specialist today to discuss your own specific needs.
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