The following challenges were submitted to me when I asked my faculty what their main concerns and obstacles are with online teaching.
New Demands on DL Faculty <ul><li>Must Constantly Learn New Technologies </li></ul><ul><li>No Longer a 9-5 Career (on call 24/7 ) </li></ul><ul><li>High Level of Computer Literacy a Must </li></ul><ul><li>Less Prep Time and More Administration Demands…….any others??? </li></ul>
Is there an Administration / Faculty Disconnect? <ul><li>For example…if all your courses are online why are many faculty expected to be in an office on campus when virtual office hours are sufficient to address students questions. </li></ul><ul><li>Do staff and administration truly understand the dynamics and true nature of online teaching vs. traditional </li></ul><ul><li>classroom? </li></ul>
Industrial Revolution Educational Model Is it still hanging on for dear life on our college campuses? 74% of our courses have online components - should instructor’s still be expected to be on campus 100% of time? Share some examples….
Is there a Disconnect with Accrediting Agencies like SACS <ul><li>Is there a higher bar for online vs. classroom ? Does SACS take into account the true nature of online learning or is it evaluating e-learning as if it were the traditional classroom environment. </li></ul><ul><li>Do accrediting agencies apply a 20 th Century notion of teaching and learning to 21 st century dynamic online instruction. The new 10% attendance ruling an example of this difference in expectations for online vs. classroom. </li></ul>
Faculty expected to also teach their students how to use the LMS and other applications used in their online class. <ul><li>Before online faculty can move forward teaching their course content they must also orient/train their students on the technology used in the class itself which can be time consuming and many times frustrating. </li></ul>
Replicating the classroom environment online? <ul><li>The goal for online instructors is making their online courses as dynamic and engaging as being in the traditional classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>What are the challenges and/or obstacles keeping us from doing this??? </li></ul><ul><li>The ever changing technology itself? Students proficiency with technology? </li></ul>
Online Attendance Did I hit a nerve here? Is this a hold over from the Industrial Revolution Educational Model? I know it is heresy to ask the question WHY take attendance in the first place?
LLO’s PLO’s & CLO’S and Data Collection Do they Just add More Stress or do they really make us better more effective Instructors? I’m just asking???
Software and Browser Compatibility Issues with LMS How many e-mails and announcements have you had to send to students addressing this issue and problem solving software and browser incompatibility with Blackboard or Moodle? Faculty are on front lines with students and many times expected to play the role of IT specialist for their students.
Learning a New LMS Just when you get comfortable and proficient on one LMS you are told your institution is switching to another more cost effective one or the version you are using is being upgraded and you must learn the new versions interface.
Authentication Accrediting agencies like SACS are going to be putting more scrutiny on colleges to take additional steps to prove (authenticate) students who are in our online courses are in fact the students who initially registered for them. How does this impact our teaching? How does this impact your assessment strategy?
Delivering and Assessing Certain Types of Course Material <ul><li>Courses (like algebra) are much more difficult (time consuming) to teach online or (as hybrid) than others and demand a high level of technical proficiency with specialized software to do a viable job. </li></ul><ul><li>Should this be a consideration in compensation and course caps? </li></ul>
Creating Community in our Online Classes Studies show that creating a sense of community in online classes is an important factor to successful online teaching. How do we go about this and what are the obstacles that get in the way of faculty developing (nurturing) that sense of community in their online classes?
Challenge of Teaching the Digital Generation This is an impatient generation with short attention spans in many cases. Long hours sitting in classrooms reading textbooks are out. This is a technologically savvy generation, unafraid of new technology and therefore very capable of achieving great things, however they learn differently and don’t necessarily embrace traditional teaching methods.
How do we train/prepare our students for jobs that don’t exist at this point in time With technology evolving at such a rapid rate how do we as faculty train students for jobs that may not even exist today but will in 5 -10 years?
Plagiarism!!! How much time do you deal with this issue???
Your Thoughts??? <ul><li>Questions, Observations, Thoughts, Concerns, Frustrations and </li></ul><ul><li>Possible Solutions. </li></ul>
How do we as teacher’s navigate this new terrain and stay positive and still be effective instructor’s?
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