Concerns about monitoring student progress in an online learning community include cheating, expectations being too high for progress speed, and retention of information. Like Tamara’s example, there must be a systematic check-in for students to be sure everyone is on the same track and not lost in the weeds. I am not sure whether once a week will be followed by my students. Maybe there should be a preset total of check-ins with a “prize” attached to each level check in. For example, if the class is 8 weeks long, then the student would check in 6 times to give them extra time for course completion. Knowing this in advance may lead to more motivation and participation. In person, a look on the students’ faces tell you much about progress or frustration.