Key Differences in the Online Classroom• Online curriculum o Organization of sessions/units o Multiple media formats o Independence of students o Guidance by instructor• Social dynamic o Emphasis on discussion and reflection o Demonstration of mastery o More interaction Whats Different About Teaching Online? o Slower pace Barbara Treacy (October 2007) EdTech Leaders Online o Full participation
Key Differences in the Online Classroom• Assessment strategies o Formative and ongoing o Project-based learning (PBL) o Clear expectations and guidelines• Technical challenges o Comfortable using technology o Troubleshoot and resolve with pateince o Outside assistance o Updating web-based resources Whats Different About Teaching Online? Barbara Treacy (October 2007) EdTech Leaders Online
Key Differences in the Online Classroom• Lack spontaneity• Different "energy" level• Requires more reading and writing o Difficult for students with poor written communication skills• Limits nonverbal communication o Humor and emotion may not be interpreted well• Requires more planning, preparation, and detail
Time CommitmentSloan-C Report: Online Learning As a Strategic Asset: The Paradox of Faculty Voices - Views and Experiences with Online Learning (2009)• Nearly 64% of faculty said it takes “somewhat more” or “a lot more” effort to teach online• Over 85% of the faculty said it takes “somewhat more” or “a lot more” effort to develop an online course
Successful Online Teacher Characteristics• Visible• Organized• Compassionate• Analytical• Leader Savery, J. (2005). BE VOCAL: Characteristics of Successful Online Instructors. Journal of Interactive Online Learning.
Successful Online Teacher Characteristics• Highly motivated and enthusiastic• Detail -oriented• Committed to teaching and development• Support student-centered learning• Knowledgeable about pedagogical practices• Open and responsive• Takes risks• Manages time well• Comfortable with technology
Best Practices forEffective Online Instruction• Assume nothing• Anticipate and be proactive• Explore and adapt continually• Encourage community and presence• Promote responsible behavior• Manage time
Best Practices forEffective Online Instruction• Contact students before the course begins• Introductions o Create an online persona - develop rapport o Be warm and informal• Be organized-be clear-be detailed-be flexible o Provide examples and assessments• Be redundant o Multiple direction formats o Reminders• Be responsive