For faculty teaching facing the prospect of facing the online classroom, there comes moment of realization that everything they know about teaching in the face-to-face classroom may not serve them well in this new "virtual learning space."
Students come to an online course with different interests, prior knowledge, and preferred learning styles. This is something that Stephen Holland, chair of the English department at Muscatine Community College and online learning and training associate at the Eastern Iowa Community College District, takes into account whenever he creates or seeks to improve an online course.
The beginning of the school year brings with it the traditional trip to the book store, a trip that is filled with much possibility but also much cost. Typically, college students purchase textbooks at a financial cost of around $1,000 per year, a significant bite into a college student's budget. The student then lugs these books around during the year, an act which takes an equally significant toll on a student's joints and muscles.
Social media have established themselves as valuable higher education marketing tools. However, many institutions aren't realistic about what these media can and can't do, says Bob Johnson, a higher education marketing expert, during the August 11 online seminar titled "How to Add Social Media to Your Marketing Communications Mix."