Thursday, April 05, 2007

Dear Faculty-

Today's email is from Gail Krovitz, who teaches for CCCOnline and also works for eCollege. She is looking for participants in a survey, the topic of which I find interesting.

********************From Gail**************

As you might know, I currently work for eCollege (in addition to teaching for CCCOnline!), and my team is doing a research study investigating the time it takes to teach online versus on-ground. The study starts in mid-April and I’m wondering if it would be possible to distribute this request to faculty teaching for CCCOnline. Anyone who is interested can contact us directly (at to receive the survey. The criteria for participation are listed below, along with more information. Essentially, an instructor must teach the same course online and on-ground (with comparable term lengths), and must have taught the class at least once.

Please feel free to pass this on to anyone who might be interested (LMS doesn’t matter)!



Online vs. on-ground: How much time are you spending?

As online education becomes more prevalent, the academic consultants at eCollege are asked more and more questions about the medium. One question we continue to hear is, How much time does it take to teach online? Developing an online course is one thing, but there are also time considerations with teaching an online course.

A common perception is that it takes more time to teach online than it does to teach on-ground. We’ve seen many articles that anecdotally support this view as well. However, is this really the case?

That’s what we want to know, and we need your help!

In April of 2007, the Academic Services team at eCollege will be conducting a survey/short study to help us lay the foundations for ongoing studies of instructor time commitment, both on-ground and online.

In order to participate, you must meet each of these three criteria:

1) You must teach the same class online and on-ground, with a comparable term length.
2) You must have taught the class at least once in both environments (i.e., this cannot be your first semester teaching this particular class online or on-ground).
3) You must teach at the Higher Education level.

The survey will track faculty time requirements for “average” teaching weeks during the semester. We ask that you track your teaching time for a period of 2 weeks and then fill out our online survey.

Would you be willing to participate?

Sign up today if you’re interested, and we will send you the survey in April.

Please give this information to other faculty you know who might be interested in participating.

Sign up (or ask questions) by sending an email to:


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