Cap for Online Courses

I’m exploring the limits of online course enrollments per course – or rather re-visiting ways to include more people in online courses.  I’m excluding MOOCs from the discussion at this point, though I would love to know if you’re doing a MOOC.

To this point, our primary concerns have been focused on course quality and we take the position that faculty interaction is key to quality and formation in the online class.  This model, however, is not time efficient for faculty (what educational relationship is??).  As a result, we cap our online courses at 25 students.  Those who have taught online in this model say that’s still too many!

But, I wonder if there are other models or ways to offer high quality, high engagement and interactive online courses and expand this cap?  Do you have experience with this?  Any alternatives or options anyone is employing at this point?  Would love to hear your thoughts and experience!

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