Community colleges are gaining in popularity as an accessible and affordable option for both traditional and non-traditional students. While some students enter community college well-prepared for their courses, two-thirds of community college students require additional classes to come up to speed before beginning work on college-level math and composition courses. Fewer students at traditional four-year colleges require remedial work; however, some 40 percent of these students need remedial courses. Many students and institutions are looking for new solutions for these students.
Institutions rely upon placement tests for students, particularly those without recent course transcripts or entrance examinations, like the SAT or ACT. Traditionally, students not ready for college algebra and freshman composition are placed into remedial courses. These courses come with bills for credit hours, but often no actual credit. This is expensive, time-consuming and discouraging for the student. It may reduce student retention and limit success.
There are a number of different ways to increase student success and provide remedial education. All of these can support students who need extra assistance. These include, used either separately or together:
- Co-requisite programs allowing students to enroll in a full-credit and remedial course in the same semester.
- Discounted fees for remedial courses to reduce overall costs.
- Retakes on placement tests to allow students to prepare, study and improve scores.
Offering Online Remedial Courses
Online remedial courses are a popular and effective option, but are only as good as the course software, design, and implementation. Institutions are increasingly encouraged, even at the state level, to embrace online learning for these sorts of courses. Effective online courses need to be engaging, social and implement enterprise video strategies. This is especially true when the material may be challenging or frustrating for the student. In addition, these students are more likely to need faculty support through the learning process.
Online courses provide students with a number of benefits.
- Flexible scheduling. Students can do remedial work on their own time, fitting these courses more easily into a busy schedule of classes, work and family responsibilities.
- Self-paced learning. Some institutions allow students to progress more slowly or quickly through their work. For some students, this can limit the amount of time they spend in remedial courses.
- Improved student morale. Students may find it embarrassing or uncomfortable to have to attend remedial courses. Attending online can reduce discomfort for these students.
Remedial Online Learning with YuJa
YuJa provides the fundamental structure you need to create engaging online content for your students, provide essential faculty support and encourage effective interaction between students. In addition, it supports flexible learning plans, including competency-based progression for students. Students can feel successful with the tools available at YuJa.
- Lecture captures make it simple for students to watch and re-watch instructor lectures. Lectures are auto-captioned, searchable, and accessible on a desktop or laptop computer or mobile device.
- Students can engage with one another in real-time discussion, access interactive polls and quizzes, and work together collaborating on shared files.
- Flexible options allow for traditional or competency-based learning progression for remedial students.
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Rivera, Carla. “Online Remedial Classes Get an A for Effort, but Need Work.” L.A. Times. Web. Accessed 9 November 2015.