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.

last published: 8/26/16