Survey on Best Practices for Online MALS Classes

In recent years, a larger percentage of MALS students have begun to take most or all of their courses online. As we review the online courses we offer, we want to make sure that instructors design courses in ways that provide the best possible educational experience for students. For this reason, we are asking for your advice and recommendations regarding the factors in online classes you have already taken that either contributed to the success of these courses or could use some improvement.

We are not asking you to speak about specific instructors by name. We just want to understand better what works and what doesn’t work from a student’s perspective, so that we can develop a template of “best practices” for online MALS classes.

Please respond to these questions:

  • This survey consists of seven questions about different element of instruction.

  • Weekly Lectures

  • Online instructors present weekly material in a variety of ways. It may include one or more of the following: short video lectures; narrated or unnarrated PowerPoint presentation; basic text; links to online websites or videos as background. And some course have very little lecture, aside from a sentence or two introduction to the weekly reading assignments.