There are many challenges and many rewards for online teachers. Not
only does the instructor need to be comfortable with the material being
taught, but also with the technology used to deliver the instruction.
who can make full use of the technology and the vast resources of the
Web will certainly enhance the student's learning experience.
Some of the challenges
faced by online instructors include:
- Developing technical
and media skills that enable the instructor to use the available (and
developing) tools and technology to enrich and enhance the educational
experience for their learners.
contact between the learner and the instructor and between the learner
and other learners in the course that promotes meaningful exchange
and reflection of ideas and past experiences.
- Balancing the
goal of learner centredness and learner responsibility with the need
to keep discussions focused on intended learning outcomes and course
objectives (keeping online discussions on topic without getting overly
involved and imposing too much control).
meaningful collaboration and cooperation amongst students.
meaningful active learning activities and apprentice-like activities
that promote learning by doing.
- Providing students
with prompt feedback while maintaining a reasonable workload (both
for student and teacher).
Check out our pages
on "Tips and Strategies" to get
some ideas on how you might meet these challenges.
Read what four
experienced online instructors have to say about the "Perks
and Pitfalls" of online instruction.