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Managing a Distance Learning Course

Introduction to Managing a Distance Learning Class

No matter how effectively you design your class and how much advance planning you do, your distance learning class may not be as successful as it could be if you donít manage it well during the actual course delivery. During your course you will need to manage student questions and problems, manage the flow of the course, and help your students stay on track. This is not to say that students should not be responsible for managing their own participation in the class. By taking a few simple steps, you can make it easier for both you and your students to get the most out of the class.

Benefits of Providing Feedback to Distance Learning Students

By putting time into managing your distance learning class, you will realize the following benefits:

Strategies for Managing Your Class

The strategies listed below are best practices identified by instructors and distance learning experts. Not all of the strategies will be appropriate for each course, but many of them apply globally to most distance learning classes.


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