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    • What is Online Instructing?
    • Online instructing Online instructing (teaching) refers to any kind of instruction that takes place via a computer network, most commonly the internet. It typically employs software that allows students and teachers to send messages to each other such as via email, as well as conferencing software that lets participants conduct multi-person discussions either in real-time (often called "chats"), or on a delayed basis (asynchronous-- often called "threaded discussions").
    • Online instructing Most often, online teaching occurs in the context of distance education, i.e., settings in which learners and teachers are located in different places and all or most interaction takes place via the network. However, it is increasingly being employed in "blended" or "hybrid" courses that are at least partially on the school campus (e.g., 50% online + 50% face-to-face).
    • How does Online differ from the Classroom Environment? Instructing in the online environment is constantly evolving. In many respects, it is similar to traditional teaching. Nevertheless, as compared to most teaching in traditional contexts, online teaching is different in the following ways:
    • Time, Distance and Device Independent Learners can participate in online learning situations from any place in the world (distance-independent), using any computer platform (device-independent), at any time of the day or night (time-independent).
    • Interactive Students can interact extensively with each other, with instructors, and with online resources. Instructors and experts often act as presenters and facilitators. They can provide support, feedback, and guidance via both synchronous and asynchronous communications. Asynchronous communication tools (e.g. email, threaded discussion forums, etc.) allow for time- independent interaction, whereas synchronous communication tools (e.g., chatrooms) allow for live interaction.
    • Multi Media Online courses use varied graphics, audio, video, animation, web 2.0 tools, etc. Learners can browse through libraries, museums, and archives, or consult experts from around the globe.
    • Open Learners have the freedom to move outside their environment, as opposed to closed systems (e.g., book, CD-ROM), where they are confined to areas pre-determined by the teacher or designer. This enables information and resources from around the world to be accessed by anyone with an internet connection. It also permits both teachers and learners to contribute immediate updates of course material with online access to many new developments and discoveries.
    • Learner-Centered The online situation appears to foster a democratic learning environment where the learner can influence what is learned, how it is learned, and the order in which it is learned. The instructor, while often selecting to do some online presenting, is often less of an orator and more of a facilitator.