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Community College Faculty and Web-Based Classes


Thought & Action Volume 2006, Number 1, ISSN 0748-8475


Web-based, e-learning classes, or online classes that use a proprietary course management system such as Blackboard, are an increasingly prominent part of higher education, particularly in community colleges. In fact, more than three-quarters of community colleges now offer the same course in face-to-face and online modes. And community colleges offer a higher proportion (44 percent) of distance learning courses than any other type of institution. Whether in the community college setting or elsewhere, these new instructional technologies change both the way faculty work and how instruction is produced: In some cases, professors maintain their central role in instruction; in others they are part of a virtual assembly line, performing only a few of the several tasks involved in producing a class. This article explores three models of how e-learning classes are produced in a large, metropolitan community college district. The authors concentrate on Web-based/asynchronous instruction, a specific type within the larger category of e-learning. To better understand the situation, they detail how the production of the classes is organized at a large, multi-campus district and focus on three high enrollment courses--introductory English, introductory psychology, and introductory computer applications--offered in three colleges.


Smith, V.C. & Rhoades, G. (2006). Community College Faculty and Web-Based Classes. Thought & Action, 2006(1),. Retrieved January 29, 2022 from .

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