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Lee Murphy

A Quality Online Course Overcomes a Bottleneck in Student Graduation

Ms. Lee Murphy, a lecturer at the Department of Nutrition, discusses how her department developed an online version of Nutrition 100 course, a general education requirement in Natural Sciences. The popularity of the course made it difficult for students to enroll and make progress towards their graduation. To meet the high enrollment demand, the Nutrition department developed an online version of the course ensuring that the academic rigor and quality of instruction​ were equal in the traditional classroom and online.

Ms. Murphy emphasizes that the key to success were careful, long-term planning and implementation of online Nutrition 100 and taking full advantage of the educational technology support services. By offering both face-to-face and online versions of the course, the department has increased the course enrollment from 200 students per semester to almost 800 without expanding its academic resources.

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