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3 Tips For Becoming An Outstanding Online Instructor!
Distance Learning is a popular choice for many college students these days. After all, what could be more convenient than taking a college course from the comfort of your home (or dorm … or office …) computer?
While distance learning has grown tremendously over the last few years, it is still a relatively new means of instruction.
And teaching online requires different skills and expectations than teaching in a classroom. Many faculty members are hesitant to learn these skills. But simply putting a few notes and other materials from a classroom does not make for a very effective online experience.
What are the 3 most important skills that you need to be a truly outstanding online teacher?
1) You must communicate frequently with the students.
2) Be organized & be clear
3) Engage the students in the learning
There is no better way to learn how to teach online than to learn online – so, before you decide to teach online, take an online course yourself.
You’ll understand what it is like to learn from a distance, without an instructor standing in front of you. You’ll understand what it is like to have to wait for answers to your questions. And you’ll learn more about how the technology can HELP you teach.
You certainly DO NOT need to be a technical expert to teach online. But you should be:
• comfortable with the Internet
Some will say there is no substitute for seeing the student’s faces. Others will realize that many students will flourish because they have more time to prepare thoughtful answers, and won’t be fearful of speaking up in front of a large group.
Teaching online can be very exciting, and very rewarding, as long as you are prepared!
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