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Setting Expectations for Distance Learning Students

September 1, 2005

Distance learning students often live and work too far from campus to make visits to campus. Therefore, you likely never meet them and may never speak to them either. Most of your communication with distance learning students will be asynchronous, such as e-mail and discussion board postings in myWPI. Since distance learning students rarely get to meet you and ask any questions they might have about the course, assignments, etc., it is important that you set clear expectations for them in a written format. Although students can certainly ask clarifying questions via the discussion boards and e-mail, they often need clarification at the time they are asking the question. Having the information they need ahead of time will eliminate any confusion they may have. Clearly stating your expectations is critical to helping distance learning students succeed.

Key topics that you may want to set expectations for are:

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