Teaching online is no easy feat. It requires foresight, clear organization, in-depth preparation before the class begins, re-evaluation as the course develops and continual learning. To be a successful instructor in the virtual classroom it helps to keep these fundamental issues in mind:
Formal training in both the required technology and pedagogy specific to eLearning is fundamental.
Delivering content in a virtual classroom is more time consuming than delivering content in a face-to-face classroom.
You must be consistently present, because the virtual classroom does not teach itself (nor should it be like delivering a correspondence course).
Knowledge of online-specific pedagogy and continual updating on developments in instructional technology is imperative.
Knowledge about auditory, visual and kinesthetic learning styles is extremely helpful in designing and delivering courses (see the Univ of Illinois' "Learning Styles and the Online Environment").
It is essential to effectively manage time, plan, set and meet deadlines.
Most often, teaching and learning happen asynchronously.
You must be available for weekly scheduled synchronous office hours.
Be familiar with WVC's Distance Education Standards and Criteria .
Be familiar with WVC's support services for online students.
Be familiar with CA CC State Chancellor's Office Distance Education Guidelines .
Stay abreast of developments by attending conferences and completing additional training both at WVC and in other places such as CA CC Chancellor's Office @ONE.