Community College's Course for Instructors Helps Keep Students

Jim D. Simpson says he remembers when Tomball College began putting courses on the Internet -- because an unusually large number of students came to his office with complaints.

Many of the students said the on-line courses were poorly done. "Sometimes they weren't that polite," says Mr. Simpson, who is an associate dean at the college, a campus of North Harris Montgomery Community College. "They wanted their money back." Only about 40 per cent of the students who enrolled in on-line