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Since online content is becoming more prominent, schools should make an effort to efficiently incorporate it

There is debate whether online classes are the future of education. At the very least, it will be a supplement to traditional face-to-face classes. Technology won’t be going backward anytime soon, and as technology evolves, so will the content of online classes.

At American River College, over 300 online classes are offered and most face-to-face classes have online content on Desire2Learn. But a lot of students come to ARC with limited knowledge of how to use D2L. There needs to be a better effort from the school to educate students on how to properly use it.

There are tutorials online to help students orientate themselves with D2L, but a person who has limited knowledge in computers to begin with may not be able to find them in the first place. These tutorials are also not mandatory.

With so many classes using online content, it should be required that students take and pass a class that teaches them how to use D2L before they can register for classes at ARC. The class would only take two or three hours to complete and would ensure the student could use D2L.

“There’s a very large drop rate between the time that students actually enroll in the class and by the time the census date (comes), ” said Nancy Reitz, dean of mathematics.

Part of that is due to a lack of education on what an online class entails. Some students don’t know what they are getting into. If students have to learn about D2L before registering, they are much more likely to take advantage of the content available online and be more successful in the class.

The English department has a three-hour face-to-face orientation for their online composition classes, which is a step in the right direction.

“It gives the instructor a chance to show students how to use D2L and other technology, ” said Tammy Montgomery, dean of English. “They go, they see what is involved in it, and then a lot of them don’t come back. We have a lot of attrition after the orientation.”

Because of the orientation, the English department is able to educate students while at the same time identify students who are a fit for online classes. Students get to find out if online classes are a fit for them before the class officially starts instead of after the first week of class.

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Obama vs. Romney and the Electoral College

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Obama vs. Romney -- how the electoral college math adds up
The latest Real Clear Politics Electoral Map has President Obama leading Mitt Romney 253-170 in electoral votes, the 2012 presidential race is Obama’s to win -- notwithstanding the fact that two candidates are currently neck-and-neck among the electorate overall, and in key battleground swing states.
USA Today/Gallup released a poll of voters in 12 battleground states (Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin) -- the first USA Today/Gallup swing-state poll since the March survey which found Obama leading by nine percentage points among swing-state voters

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