Teaching Criminal Justice Online: Current Status and Important Considerations
The most significant change to impact the pedagogy of criminal justice students in recent years has been the development of online classes. Online coursework is now a commonly accepted method of accessing criminal justice students and the sustained growth in online classes is expected to continue in the future. However, there is currently a lack of research that focuses on online classes in criminal justice. In response, we present and assess the modest literature regarding criminal justice online classes and highlight important themes. This leads into a presentation of important considerations along the following pedagogical continuum: Planning the online course (i.e. asynchronous timing, technological developments), implementing the online course (i.e. maintaining an online presence, managing student interactions and expectations), and identifying effective means to measure learning outcomes (i.e. measuring success, quality matters). Policy implications for online coursework that are likely to impact future criminal justice educational practices are then discussed.
Journal of Criminal Justice Education
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Sitren, & Smith, H. P. (2017). Teaching Criminal Justice Online: Current Status and Important Considerations. Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 28(3), 352–367. https://doi.org/10.1080/10511253.2016.1254267