I've just started to dabble with online language learning and one
question seems to be on my mind constantly. The writing component is
crucial in an English for Business course, eg. writing resumes,
reports, memos, etc. Considering the current wave of technology, more
and more people are too busy to attend face-to-face classes and thus
are turning to online learning courses that can be taken at their own
convenient time and place. Unlike classroom English where teachers are
still around to guide students, these online courses lack that
support. The question is, how will guidance be provided to the
students during the writing component in the online course. Who checks
what they have written? How will the students know whether they are
writing the "right" way? Wouldn't it be labour intensive to provide
headcount to read through the written assignments? Wouldn't this then
translate to higher cost, thus higher fees for the online course?
I would appreciate it if you could offer your thoughts or guide to
some reading materials about this.