Online Course Quality: What do Nontraditional Students Value?

Emily Hixon, Casimir Barczyk, Penny Ralston-Berg, Janet Buckenmeyer, Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, Dec 15, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

One reason I'm linking to this item is that it focuses on nontraditional students, which makes it a welcome relief from most similar work (it would be even better if it extended to non-students, but that may be asking a bit too much). The nontraditional students value about what you might expect: clear instructions on how to get started, clear assessment criteria, and access to technical support if something goes wrong. I would like to have known what traditional students favour more, but beyond saying they don't like the start-of-course introductions, the article doesn't really address that.

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