Online students want more guidance

Online community college students expect a lot of support. Online instructors think students should learn independently. The misaligned expectations lead to “frustration, confusion, and tension,” concludes a new study.

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  1. It’s not just community college students. I’m taking masters level math courses online and apparently am expected to understand everything after watching a video. Students in person get to ask questions of the instructor; 2 of the 3 instructors I’ve had so far don’t respond to my emails (which are few and far between). It’s very frustrating; I think I’m paying $2500/course to learn material, but apparently I’m paying $2500/course to watch videos.