Our first article, contributed by Kenneth Anthony, reveals the findings of a study exploring the impact of course design on student participation. Most of our institutions are keenly attuned to any differences in online delivery that contribute to student success. The major variables of online student success, in my experience, are faculty behaviors, the intensity of student support services, and course design. Of these, course design is often overlooked. Some of the most common mistakes, leading to student attrition and failure, are an abundance of redundant busy work; assessments that are not updated and don’t reflect course content; conflicting instructions or dates on assignments; poorly written instructions; and difficult navigation. Anthony’s work provides a very specific finding on a type of assignment that may lead to decreased student participation and success. I would love to see further research on other types of online assignments and their impacts – there is a lacuna of valid information in this area. Enjoy this issue, and have a wonderful fall!
Melanie N. Clay, Ph.D.
September 17, 2012
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