Many educators who start teaching online believe that they can make the transition easily from teaching in a traditional college classroom to an online classroom.
Educators who have taught in a traditional classroom are often surprised to discover that online teaching requires a different teaching strategy, and even using a different set of skills, the first time they have knowledge of a virtual learning environment. The transition can be fairly easy for some educators, especially if they have become accustomed to teaching in a particular way and have not had to change (or have been unwilling to change) their approach to the instructional classroom.
Online teaching is not just about learning how to set up an online classroom and adding learning resources; is a question of how the class and form of the instruction used is taught. To become an instructor effective online not to be thought given as to how technological tools are used, how to translate traditional communication in digital media, and how to evolve from an instructor who stands in front of a class and directs the Flow conversations and interactions to someone who can facilitate and guide the learning process, to keep students interested and engaged in the course. Learning to teach online requires having an open mind and a willingness to learn, in addition to making an adjustment for the time needed to implement new methods, while monitoring the effectiveness of instruction until excellence is achieved. Continue reading