Teaching online weather at Gavilan College
Course enrollment reached the maximum of 30 well before the beginning of each semester, reflecting in part the rapidly growing enrollment at California community colleges. Attrition remains relatively high, however, with 20-25 students typically left by semester's end. Grades were mainly in the B to C range, with fewer F's than in the past; greater effort has been made to drop non-participating students from the roster.
Discussion forums, representing 10% of the total grade, are still employed in an attempt to increase student interaction. They may be adjusted during upcoming semesters, for example by requiring students to post once before seeing other students' contributions. This would reduce the likelihood of students essentially copying earlier posts, although it might also hinder the flow of discussion. Fostering genuine discussion and interaction is an ongoing problem for online-only courses.