The VCCS Online College Orientation: A Faculty Survey and Syllabi Analysis to Determine Delivery Methods of Course Objectives
Inquiry Volume 11, Number 1,
The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) is increasingly offering more Web-based, online orientation courses to students. Since the fall semester of 1999, the community college campuses throughout the VCCS have offered over 100 sections of online orientation courses. However, no assessment data or research for these courses or students exists. Given the increase in VCCS colleges offering college orientation courses online, the author recommends further research to determine the efficacy of the Web-based version of college orientation. To determine how the VCCS addresses online orientation courses and whether or not any assessment data existed, the author conducted a study of the VCCS online orientation course at 13 community colleges (Blue Ridge, Central Virginia, Germanna, J. Sargeant Reynolds, John Tyler, Lord Fairfax, Northern Virginia, Patrick Henry, Piedmont, Rappahannock, Southside Virginia, Tidewater, and Virginia Western) in the VCCS. Of the 13 colleges being contacted, 6 responded by e-mail and indicated that no research or assessment data for these courses or students has ever been collected. The author also conducted an open-ended survey and syllabi analysis of the 13 colleges to determine delivery methods of course objectives. By combining the information obtained from the instructors' survey responses and the course syllabi, the author was able to identify some general themes and issues of concern for the VCCS. Here, the author discusses these themes and issues of concern for the VCCS. The author also discusses the need to explore and investigate variables, such as student course completion rates, satisfaction, academic success, persistence, and graduation rates, for students who take online orientation.
Tighe, W.L. (2006). The VCCS Online College Orientation: A Faculty Survey and Syllabi Analysis to Determine Delivery Methods of Course Objectives. Inquiry, 11(1), 35-48.