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Fears of Teaching an Online Course fears that most traditional teachers might have
Lack of technical skills
limited knowledge about online learning
steep learning curve
Typically a few years to become proficient
for every hour of instruction online, the teacher must devote ten hours of preparation.
“the faculties limited knowledge about online learning stems from the fact that they have spent their careers teaching in the classrooms with students in front of them not instructing students they never see by the way of technology which makes them still feel uncomfortable”. (Maeroff, 2003, p. 188)
Overcoming Fears of Online Teaching Carlene Faucett states there is a path to recovery:
Look past the fear and embrace change
Decide that you can learn new things
Ask questions about “the magic”
Most importantly, break out of your comfort zone and TRY to Understand.
HELP from others
Online Faculty Lounges
Free Training events
An effective Online Instructor “successful classroom leaders already have the basic skills required to teach online but just need to learn how to combine those skills with various types of technology.” (Broadbent, 2002, p.155)
find various ways of reaching your students
Must be much more flexible
Prepare for more individualization with online instruction
the gratification an instructor feels from helping a student in this way is much more immediate
Essential elements of Online Teaching There are essential elements within online instruction that must be followed in order to be effective. The book “Essential Elements: Prepare Design, and Teach Your Online Course”
seventeen elements for a successful online course
completed in three separate phases
broken down into the preparation, design, and teaching phases
(Elbaum, McIntyre, & Smith, 2002)
Essential elements of Online Teaching PHASE 1 Prepare for your online course
Prepare to teach online.
Build a course outline.
Create a course schedule with clear deadlines.
Plan for ongoing quality assurance.
Ensure support from your administration.
Provide technical support
Essential elements of Online Teaching PHASE 2 Design your online course
Format your course so that students can focus on the content.
Design a learning community that is collaborative, engaging and inclusive.
Find and use appropriate course materials and resources.
Develop rich, relevant learning activities to support your learning objectives.
Include a balanced mixture of individual and group learning activities.
Recognize that pacing in an online course is different.
Provide equal accessibility to all students.
Essential elements of Online Teaching PHASE 3 Teach your online course
Provide a comprehensive set of informational materials.
Facilitate discussions in a way that keeps students on-task, promotes full participation, and encourages peer collaboration.
Engage with your students without over-engaging.
Assess student work and provide feedback
Tips for successful Online Teaching
Reasonable lesson plans
Allen, E. & Seaman, J. (2010). Online Education in the United States, 2010. Retrieved on 21 June 2011 from http://sloanconsortium.org/publications/survey/pdf/class_differences.pdf
Broadbent B. (2002). ABCs of E-learning. Reaping the Benefits and Avoiding the Pitfalls. Jossey-Bass / Pfeiffer, San Francisco, CA.
Elbaum, B., McIntyre, C. & Smith, A. (2002). Essential Elements: Prepare, Design, and Teach Your Online Course. Madison, WI: Atwood Publishing.
Faucett, C. ( 2010) Fear of Technology… the double-edged sword. Retrieved on 25 June 2011 from http://clairefaucett.wordpress.com/
Hobgood, B. (nd) Becoming and Online Teacher. Retrieved on 21 June 2011 from http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/665