NVCC Case Studies

NVCC Case Studies

Full Title: Integrating ALN into an Independent Study Distance Education Program: NVCC Case Studies

Synopsis: Co-authored with Merrily Stover. This paper describes eight ALN (= Asynchronous Learning Networks) courses (chemistry, engineering, mathematics, and information technology) developed by Northern Virginia Community College's Extended Learning Institute. This case study offered these conclusions:

  • ALN courses were a viable and successful learning experience for community college students.
  • ALN worked effectively for independent study distance education programs designed to maximize learner flexibility and convenience.
  • ALN courses which integrate multiple media can be delivered effectively.
  • Faculty selection, development, and support were critical factors in assuring quality ALN courses.
  • A wide variety of effective practices can result in successful ALN courses.
  • The learning effectiveness of ALN courses will improve as practice evolves.

Published in: Bourne, J., and Moore, J. (Eds.), Online Education: Learning Effectiveness and Faculty Satisfaction, SCOLE, Needham, MA, 2000