Chronicle Vitae Article: Commentary on Online Teaching

reflectioniconOnline learning is a great way to conveniently fit furthering your education into a busy schedule with its more flexible hours and course format. However, distance learning still faces a common misconception that because the course is hosted online, it is less personal than a traditional classroom course.

In an article titled “Online Teaching, It Turns Out, Isn’t Impersonal” featured on Chronicle Vitae’s website, the post’s author Gregory Semenza has found the exact opposite of this impersonal misconception. When Semenza was tasked with teaching his first online, intensive course, he found that the online format actually led to an interactive and engaging course. Semenza credits the success of online courses to two key factors:

  • All students participate in the class, rather than a select few in the classroom setting
  • All submissions and assignments were written, which allowed Semenza to better gauge the students’ understanding and provide better feedback

These two facts about online courses, combined with good instructional design and engaging material, prove that distance learning can be just as, if not more, personal and interactive between the three main players in any course: the students, the instructor, and the material.

To read the full article, click the following link: Online Teaching, It Turns Out, Isn’t Impersonal.

Special thanks to Kim Karpinski for sharing this article with DEIT!

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