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Choosing between Online and Face-to-Face Courses: Community College Student Voices

American Journal of Distance Education Volume 28, Number 1, ISSN 0892-3647


In this study, community college students discussed their experiences with online and face-to-face learning as well as their reasons for selecting online (rather than face-to-face) sections of specific courses. Students reported lower levels of instructor presence in online courses and that they needed to "teach themselves." Accordingly, most students preferred to take only "easy" academic subjects online; they preferred to take "difficult" or "important" subjects face-to-face. To meet students' needs, then, colleges need to either more explicitly build instructor presence and guidance into online courses or continue to provide ample face-to-face sections of courses for those students who prefer them.


Jaggars, S.S. (2014). Choosing between Online and Face-to-Face Courses: Community College Student Voices. American Journal of Distance Education, 28(1), 27-38. Retrieved April 9, 2020 from .

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