Online Weather Studies at Gavilan College: recent developments and future plans
Judging by enrollment and student feedback, implementation of the course continues to be a success. As of late June there were 30 students, the official maximum, already registered for Fall 2009; Spring 2009 enrollment peaked at 37. It is perhaps fortuitous that there continues to be a high rate of attrition. The majority of the grades were clustered around B, with a secondary maximum in the D-F range. Some of the latter reflected students who effectively dropped out but remained on the course roster.
Minor changes to Moodle, the course management system, occurred during the year, mostly involving the Gradebook module. These created some inconvenience but no major problems. In the future, other Moodle features, such as Groups and Wiki, may be used to supplement or replace the Discussion Forums. The intention is to create a greater sense of interaction and community among students, which the Forums have been only partly successful in accomplishing. These changes will probably not be implemented before Fall 2010.