On-line courses (see also Computers)
Many institutions are offering on-line classes, a natural outgrowth of increased availability of technology. Such classes vary in format and may include on-line video and/or audio lectures, on-line discussion sessions, and the like. They require the same if not more preparation than an off-line course. In order to make them memorable pedagogical experiences, they require a certain flair for writing and communicating that will hold the students’ interest and encourage them to delve more deeply into the material even without the face-to-face encounter of the classroom. Since electronic learning is on the upswing in many institutions, one is well advised to learn the mechanics and practice by including on-line dimensions in off-line classes. Many institutions use Blackboard or comparable software to incorporate on-line dimensions into their course offerings.