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3 Tips For Becoming An Outstanding Online Instructor!
Distance Learning is a popular choice for many college students these days. After all, what could be more convenient than taking a college course from the comfort of your home (or dorm � or office �) computer?
While distance learning has grown tremendously over the last few years, it is still a relatively new means of instruction.
And teaching online requires different skills and expectations than teaching in a classroom. Many faculty members are hesitant to learn these skills. But simply putting a few notes and other materials from a classroom does not make for a very effective online experience.
What are the 3 most important skills that you need to be a truly outstanding online teacher?
1) You must communicate frequently with the students.
2) Be organized & be clear
3) Engage the students in the learning
There is no better way to learn how to teach online than to learn online � so, before you decide to teach online, take an online course yourself.
You�ll understand what it is like to learn from a distance, without an instructor standing in front of you. You�ll understand what it is like to have to wait for answers to your questions. And you�ll learn more about how the technology can HELP you teach.
You certainly DO NOT need to be a technical expert to teach online. But you should be:
� comfortable with the Internet
Some will say there is no substitute for seeing the student�s faces. Others will realize that many students will flourish because they have more time to prepare thoughtful answers, and won�t be fearful of speaking up in front of a large group.
Teaching online can be very exciting, and very rewarding, as long as you are prepared!
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