Do Professors Enjoy Teaching Online?

I was reading this article today about teaching online.

It's from a book aimed at high school students & parents who are looking at colleges.

What image of eLearning does it promote to them?

Here are a few items from it.

"Faculty who are used to teaching face-to-face have tended to be skeptical of online teaching. Others expressed concern that students might not be as engaged with the material if they interacted with it only through their computers."

Nothing new there to anyone who works with instructional design in any way.

Some other uh-huh comments:

  • Electronic classes can require intense interaction between faculty and students--often more so than in many traditional face-to-face courses.
  • In the electronic classroom, everyone must write.
  • Online teaching is not for everyone.
  • Like the students, instructors must be fully trained and supported in the use of computer technology.

The article
was adapted from Complete Book of Distance Learning Schools by Dr. Jerry Ice and Dr. Paul Edelson which is published by The Princeton Review.

You might also be interested in the Princeton Review's article on "Going the Distance—Is it for You?"


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