One would think that becoming an online teacher must be much easier than managing a traditional classroom right? You may be surprised! After completing EDUC 300 I can see how many new online instructors are unprepared for the amount of work involved in becoming an online teacher. Online faculty must be ready to face many issues and all manner of student complaints. Knowing how to handle all these issues, and many more, is critical to learning how to effectively manage an online classroom while staying sane!
As an online teacher I think it is important to set and maintain boundaries. Setting boundaries is critical when managing students in the online classroom, as well as controlling your own home,and work environment. Being gentile but firm with students will help a student succeed. At home the online teacher must remember that it’s ultimately your job to protect your time when teaching online. Just because you could possible work in your PJ’s doesn’t mean you can skimp on professionalism. After doing a lot of research on the subject of online teaching I found that there are a whole host of local, state, and federal regulations that have been put in place to help ensure quality standards are self-guarded in the online learning classroom; you have to love details and juggling a billion things at once and you will be a successful online instructor. Becoming an online teacher requires a high degree of motivation and self-direction. Being an online teacher is similar to being an online student, if you’re someone who can’t resist “taking a break” every 10 minutes to see what’s new in the fridge or who’s “liking” your posts on Facebook, then online teaching may not be the right job for you. As an instructor you must sit and focus on certain tasks for sizable stretches of time-whether it be managing the classroom, conducting administrative tasks, or grading assignments then becoming an online teacher could be very rewarding. I talked with several professors at my local college and they all stated that at many schools once you have completed the online instructor training process, you are on your own. You are responsible for guiding students through their work , dealing with their personal issues as they impact the learning environment, ensuring compliance with university policies, grading papers, and more. The good news is that online teachers can work whenever and wherever they want-even if it’s in the middle of the night or from an automobile, plane, or train.
If freedom to self manage your time and work is a high priority then you will love online teaching. That being said with great power comes great responsibility. While there is much freedom and flexibility to work whenever and wherever you want, you also need to remember that your students need you. The online classroom is open 24/47/365 and nothing turns a student off more than an unresponsive professor. In our discussion forum for our final module we where asked if we agreed that “technology is not pedagogy” and it always amazes me the different views my classmates take on this subject. I believe that technology should be integrated into the teaching and learning process. If a teacher wants to be successful at integrating technology into their methods and practice of teaching they have to be willing to explore the relationship between pedagogy and technology. Technology used with teaching and learning should be considered an integrate part of instruction and not as an object exclusive to itself. If a teacher reviews technology integration from a wide perspective it will provide them with the necessary foundation to implement technology into the classroom more successfully. Mary E. agrees technology is not pedagogy ,instead that technology is an application or toll that is meant to support and enhance instruction. Michele also agrees that technology is not pedagogy. Pedagogy does not consist of delivering a long speech to the classroom, it’s interactive and stimulating. Michele also agrees that technology is not pedagogy. She states that pedagogy does not consist of delivering a long speech to the classroom, it’s interactive and stimulating. Technology on the other hand facilitates our ability to effectively deliver pedagogy in a fun and interactive way. Susan S. states that she things technology is pedagogy. Technology helps facilitate pedagogy in many different aspects. Susan feels that technology is not her thing and struggles with it so she feels that in order to succeed as an online instructor she will need to stay ahead of social media outlets in the class. So you see everyone has a different view of technology and the use of it in education. However in order for a teacher to have a “presence” in an online classroom technology is a must! I hope someday I will have the privilege of teaching an online course. I found a video on YouTube on online teaching tips by Dr. Minnis that I found interesting.
Discussion Forums: using information from Mary E. Michele and Susan S.’s discussion forum.
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