7 Ideas for Improving the Online Course Experience for Traditional Students

Education is the movement from darkness to light.” ~Allan Bloom

Last weekend I was hanging out in the kitchen with a friend of my son’s who is just finishing up her bachelor’s degree. She has worked full time while taking classes, and many of them have been online because that fit with her work schedule.

Her biggest complaint? “They’re so boring—just some professor reading slides slower than I can read them. There’s no interaction … no teaching.”

coffee mugs and coffeepot   As it happens, just the week before I’d been chatting about online courses with another friend, also in the    kitchen over coffee. But she is a professor. Her biggest complaint? “There’s no interaction … not enough chances to really teach.”