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“What’s New” Updates in Distance Learning Courses

November 6, 2006

For distance learning students, an online course can be a rich and rewarding experience, but that same richness can sometimes become overwhelming for busy adult learners who are simultaneously trying to keep up with their studying and weekly tasks. One way you can help your students is to create a “What’s New” or a weekly update section in your course site. This can help your students focus on new assignments or content for the week without being overwhelmed, and can help minimize e-mail questions that you may receive.

For this and other tips, see the article Reducing the Online Instructor’s Workload by Rick Sheridan, in the Fall edition of Educause Quarterly.