The Imperfect Art of Designing Online Courses

Rio Salado College, Kaplan U., and a Drexel U. graduate program follow similar models

Laura Segall For The Chronicle

Melanie Abts, chair of the counseling faculty at Rio Salado College, leads a production meeting for a course on strategies for college success.
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Ten years ago, Rio Salado College started offering its biology laboratories online instead of in person. The switch was made possible by the introduction of a virtual microscope that uses Flash animation, saving students time once spent setting up...

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