zyBooks: Online Fall Courses Need Not Be a Consolation Prize: 4 Things That Yield Students Who LOVE an Online Class

Webinar Speakers:

Dr. Frank Vahid, Chief Learning / Co-Founder, zyBooks

Length: 1 hour

“The online format works really well and is even better than taking an in-person class. I absolutely loved this class.”

That’s a real quote from a student in an online CS1 at UC Riverside, and evaluation comments from other students are similar. Online courses need not be a consolation prize if in-person classes can’t be offered this fall. Instead, online courses have unique advantages that, if capitalized upon, can not only yield grades similar to in-person classes, but also very satisfied students, and instructors too. This presentation summarizes what we’ve learned at zyBooks and at UC Riverside (where we’ve taught online CS1 since 2013) on how to teach online classes that students don’t just tolerate, but that they truly enjoy and thrive in.