Chemistry Professor Tells Why Distance Education Isn't for Him

When several students approached John M. Zikopoulos and asked if they could take his introductory-level chemistry course online, Mr. Zikopoulos figured he would give it a shot. He could not have anticipated the fiasco that would result.

Mr. Zikopoulos, a chemistry professor at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Ariz., had reason to think that offering the course online was a good idea. After all, some of the students had valid reasons for requesting the