Teaching eLearning courses requires additional skills beyond those needed in teaching F2F courses. It's not enough to know the content; in order to be a successful online instructor, these are some of the other necessary skills:

  • Being formally trained in online-specific pedagogy and relevant technology
  • Willingness to engage continual training and learning
  • Being disciplined and able to organize and manage time well
  • Feeling comfortable communicating in writing or in video conferencing
  • Being willing to compensate for the lack of a physical presence by creating a supportive virtual environment where students feel that the instructor is sensitive, flexible, open, accessible and responsive
  • Believing in and enacting student-centeredness
  • Believing in and infusing critical thinking skills into the learning process
  • Having keen awareness of the differences and needs when communicating online
  • Being interested in online delivery of courses with no extra monetary rewards
  • Understanding that the virtual classroom is different from the F2f classroom
  • Knowing that instruction needs to be converted/re-envisioned--that F2F instructions can't be simply duplicated 
  • Knowing that the major role of an online instructor is to facilitate and guide students in their learning process
  • Understanding that in the virtual classroom the exchange between the instructor and students requires more participation from both
  • Knowing that the degree of interactivity created by the instructor correlates directly with the success in the class  
  • Knowing that the virtual classroom requires being present almost every day
  • Knowing that the instructor's consistent presence needs to be engaging and interactive
  • Creating and communicating specific, clear and reasonable expectations for completing assignments, interactions and conduct
  • Promoting the building of community, collaboration and peer support
  • Providing examples, logical organization, easy navigation, markers of success, self-assessments, timely feedback, and continual re-iteration/reinforcement of course content
  • Encouraging an exploratory attitude that privileges experimentation and problem-solving
  • Applying thorough knowledge about students' learning styles to the design and delivery of the course





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