Realistic Course Previews for Online Students
Thomas M. Brinthaupt, Middle Tennessee State University
The first day of class is an important time for both students and instructors.
Online student expectations are likely to affect course success as well as
instructor evaluations. An approach designed to foster more realistic expectations
among online students is described. This approach, the “Realistic Course Preview”
(RCP), provides new students with recommendations and information from veteran
students. Several issues relating to the development and implementation of online
RCPs as well as how instructors can vary their RCPs are also discussed in the paper.
Academic Exchange Quarterly Winter 2004 Volume 8, Issue 4