Online teaching in higher education has become increasingly common, particularly as colleges and universities attempt to serve surging enrollments in some areas and as they look to expand their offerings in other markets. A primary consumer of these courses is the nontraditional student. Because these nontraditional students have unique learning needs that must be addressed in the online classroom, this study sought to identify the barriers to success nontraditional students face in the online learning environment and the strategies teachers can use to assist these students. Assessment strategies for nontraditional students are also studied.
Michael T. Miller and Mei-Yan Lu. "Barriers and Challenges to Serving to Serving Non-Traditional Students in E-Learning Environments" Faculty Publications (2002): 2-17.