Reply To: Progress and Accountability


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.

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