Share Paper: High School Students’ Perceptions of Online Teacher and On-site Facilitator Support in Supplemental Online Courses

  1. Jered Borup, George Mason University, United States
  2. Chawanna Chambers, George Mason University, United States
  3. Rebecca Stimson, Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute, United States
Wednesday, June 26 12:20-12:40 PM Jordaan 1&2

Abstract: In an attempt to better support their students and reduce online course attrition rates, some brick-and-mortar K-12 schools in the United States provide their online students with an on-site facilitator who supports students face-to-face. However, little is known about how students perceive the support provided by their on-site facilitator and online teacher. For this report, 70 students completed a survey and 51 students participated in one of eight focus groups to share their perceptions and experiences regarding online teacher and on-site facilitator support. Findings focused on the following support indicators: (1) advising students regarding course enrollments, (2) orienting students to ...