I like this posting about The Struggler. I read the article and thought it was worth posting.
This article points out that when you are taking an on-campus class, students can approach instructors after class or during assigned office hours to discuss assignment-related issues. What about on-line courses?
The article proposes that there is a shift away from the instructor’s authoritative role in the classroom to one of a facilitator of on-line learning.
It further goes on to state that Web 2.0 is widely considered an engaging and interactive way in which individuals can use the Internet to create, collaborate, and interact with people from all over the world.
I recognize that Instructors of on-line classrooms may already be very busy creating assignments and answering emails. There are a number of things that instructors can do with little time available that could make the on-line classroom more active and engaging for students.