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The Effects of Increased Workloads on Online Instruction

Author(s): Georgianna Ravenna

Journal: International Journal of Education
ISSN 1948-5476

Volume: 4;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 125;
Date: 2012;
Original page

The workload increase for California State University instructors has been significant, as hasbeen the reduction in resources and support. Online instructors are facing the same set ofcircumstances as their campus-based peers, yet the impact of said circumstances has not beenfully realized. Still most instructors want to do be effective in their teaching practices andwill do what it takes to facilitate student learning. This paper examines the impact of budgetcuts on online instructors, including increases in online class sizes and loss of student–instructor interaction. The research is clear regarding the importance of interaction inrelation to academic success; however, it is mixed with regard to optimal online class size.The author suggests strategies to maintain teaching effectiveness during the current crisis byincreasing interaction through the use of small group discussions, the use of facilitators, etc.
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