This week we talked about what would we require of our online teachers. There are differences in distance education courses and traditional in class classroom teaching. One huge difference is being familiar with technology so that they can not only navigate through the programs, but also provide support when that need surfaces. Distance education courses can be intimating. Teaching needs to be able to create a connection with their students. We talked about how the course needs to be designed to engage the students as well.
This week from my peers I learned:
- Sara talked about how historically teachers were thrown into teaching online courses with little or no training.
- Theresa talked about walking her instructors through a course so that they understand their style and what is being asked of them.
- Genevieve used the example of working with a substitute teacher and her expectations are.