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Monday, November 13, 2006

Online course seats are selling like hotcakes...

I am teaching five courses next semester, three of them online. Today was the first day of registration and one course is already closed (all seats were gone by 1:00 p.m.); two other sections are at the halfway capacity. Yeah and yikes -- I don't have to worry about courses "making it" but I will be bombarded by emails and phone calls from students begging to get in.

Two face-to-face sections are doing OK but rather sluggish; hopefully, I will get enough students. Technically, it's no big deal -- if my classes don't make, adjuncts will give up their sections since I am a full-time faculty. I never had to do that and sure hope to avoid the situation for two reasons: (1) I would feel bad for taking courses away and (2) with my crazy schedule, only certain days/hours work w/out conflicts; so making changes is not fun.

What is your experience with registering undergraduate students? Getting sufficient enrollment? Working with adjuncts?


~profgrrrrl~ said...

Can you just open more online sections and teach those?

Alice said...

Unfortunately, no -- there are only three of us in the program and we are responsible for all major courses in two AAS degrees. I have to teach a variety of courses every semester; otherwise, students won't be able to graduate on time. In addition, we cannot teach more than 50% of courses online (I am teaching three because one of them is an overload).

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