Incorporating Online Discussion Groups into an Adult Accelerated Course to Facilitate Student Interaction

Many instructors use group work in their courses. I especially like to use group work for adults as it helps to draw upon their varied experiences. Unfortunately, adding group work to accelerated adult programs creates additional challenges. Less face-to-face contact, a characteristic of many accelerated courses, can lead to added pressure to cover course content. Adding outside group-related assignments could be perceived as undermining the adult-friendly nature of accelerated programs and lead to student resistance, especially for those students with full-time careers, families, and long commutes to and from class. A possible alternative to face-to-face group work is the use of online discussion groups.

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