The rapid growth in delivery of online courses in business programs has resulted in concern among faculty that the educational experience in online courses will be less rich and that the courses will too closely mirror independent study experiences. The authors undertook a pilot project regarding the use of Clinical Teaching Assistants in large enrollment online courses as a strategy to improve the online course experience and to encourage student engagement. Clinical Teaching Assistants, unlike graduate assistants, hold masters degrees or higher and have substantial business experience. The Clinical Teaching Assistants were teamed with full-time faculty members assigned to the various large section courses. The project was conducted over an academic year and involved over three hundred students enrolled in six different courses. Results were extremely positive. The pilot initiative was deemed a solid success by the faculty members involved, by the clinical teaching assistants, and importantly by the students. In one surprising finding, students indicated that the large online sections provided for more engagement and better feedback than they experienced in smaller traditional face-to-face classes.
Clinical teaching assistants, Student engagement, Online courses, Large section classes, Feedback
Gatlin, K., & Alexander, P. (2010). Using clinical teaching assistants to foster student engagement in online courses. Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, 41, 1-14.
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|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|In Publication||Journal of Instructional Pedagogies|
|Type of Research||Quantitative|
|Research Design||Action research|
|Intervention/Areas of Study|
|Level of Analysis||Student-level|
|Specific Populations Examined||Graduates|
|Specific Institutional Characteristics of Interest||K-12|
|Specific Course or Program Characteristics||Professions|
|Outcome Variables of Interest|
|Student Sample Size||300-399|