Session B7

6th Annual CNM Conference on Teaching and Learning

Challenges of Teaching Online at Two-Year Institutions: A close look at current studies finding online courses not working well at Community Colleges, and how Humanities instructors are working to overcome these setbacks

Danizete Martínez, Ph.D. (UNM Valencia Campus); Heather Wood, Ph.D. (UNM Valencia Campus); Justin Bendell, M.F.A. (UNM Valencia Campus)

Sierra III, 1:00-2:15

While distance education in some form has been offered for some time, economic pressures have forced administrators of community colleges to become more innovative in their curricular offerings and to look for ways to reduce costs, increase enrollments, or both. According to The Hechinger Report, online courses are helping the most prepared students who are most likely to succeed, not the struggling students who need the most help.

Context/Query:  What is the genesis of online education at community colleges, what are its strengths and weaknesses, and what can we do to make it better?

The first panel presentation will focus on recent studies finding online courses not working well at community colleges, and the other two presentations will highlight Humanities instructors’ struggles and rewards in working to overcome these setbacks.

Intended audience: Beginning and experienced online instructors, college leaders and administrators

Intended outcomes: We hope to start an engaging dialogue about creating more successful outcomes for online courses offered at community colleges, particularly those in the Humanities.

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