Over the past decade, program administrators have witnessed the exploding
enrollment of students in online courses and have felt the pressure to transition
their course offerings online. The Instructional Technology Council (ITC) and the
Sloan National Commission on Online learning report a 20%–22% increase in
distance learning enrollments at colleges, versus overall campus enrollments,
which averaged a less than 2% increase in the 2008-2009 academic year (ITC,
2010; McCarthy & Samors, 2009). Trends indicate enrollment growth in distance
learning courses will continue at 2-and 4-year colleges (ITC, 2010).