With online learning in professional settings for adults, instructors often wonder whether their less experienced students feel comfortable participating. A study I conducted several years ago suggested that in online professional development courses, novices were actively observing online discussions but made few contributions. In other words, novices “participated,” but were in the background. However, this new research I conducted
Online course offerings are a major part of community colleges’ workforce development efforts. These courses are key in providing access for people who need job training, but cannot attend traditional face-to-face programs either because the program isn’t offered in their geographic area or because of work/family commitments.
Community colleges in the United States have become major providers of human resource development services, particularly through offering workforce development training to local employers. The addition of workforce development services to community colleges is a fairly recent phenomenon. Some see workforce development efforts as diluting community colleges’ historic mission of providing affordable and accessible opportunities for students to transfer to four-year institutions.