Benefits & Challenges
Benefits of Teaching Online
Here is what your colleagues have to say about the benefits of teaching online:
student learning. In eLearning courses, instructors report that they
feel more connected with their students and are able to get to know them
better than they thought possible.
- Instructors report
that students wrote better papers, performed better on exams, produced
higher quality projects, and were capable of more meaningful discussions
on course material when reflecting online.
- Students who rarely take part in class discussions are more likely to participate online.
- Many instructors report that the use of Blackboard has increased their efficiency because of its ability to organize the course and automate some basic activities such as quizzes, grading, and announcements.
Challenges of Teaching Online
Here is what your colleagues have to say about the challenges of teaching online:
- To teach a successful eLearning course instructors should re-examine their
course goals, activities, and assessment methods for the online
- Building a sense of community can be challenging in an online course. In a
face-to-face course, community develops naturally whereas instructors of online
courses should include "getting to know you" activities.
- Online education may not work well for those students who require more
interaction with a “live” instructor. Students who are organized,
self-motivated, and are able to manage their time effectively are generally more
successful in an online course.
- Both instructors and students need basic technology experience to participate an online course successfully.
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