Write a 5 pages paper on the best practices in virtual and real-time education. The traditional course includes the fact that students still have to complete coursework. students are still accountable to a teacher, and students are still held accountable to their peers or classmates.
It is highly probable that in today’s society, many adults are working and do not want to have class interfere with their work schedules. “Online education courses do not cut into your workweek…” (Kelley 2). However, working or not, the bottom line is that students taking online courses still have to turn in their coursework, no matter how much of it they have to do. That is the similarity between classes which are online and courses that happen in real-time—students must complete the coursework adequately to receive a passing grade for which they will receive credit.
Students are still accountable to a teacher or professor when taking an online class. One teacher used an “online grade book as a convenience [which] fostered a healthy level of instructor accountability in…classes” (Schrand 2). From personal experience, taking an online class can be difficult because one doesn’t have as much interaction with the professor. The bonus, however, is that the student taking the online course can still have some forms of interaction with the teacher or professor by other means than just having face-to-face conversations. For example, the professor or teacher may chat with the student via Pronto, and assignments can be assigned via Blackboard or Moodle. These are just different ways of communicating rather than writing something on the board, but the intended message is the same: student-teacher involvement can still be tapped to the maximum level possible through a variety of media, including email.
Students are still held accountable to their peers by participating in online courses as well—whether it be chatting via the application Wimba Pronto or creating Wiki entries on Blackboard.