Faculty Readiness to Teach Online
Teaching online poses new challenges. Whether you are a new or experienced faculty member, you tend to come to teaching with a background in how to teach face-to-face. You have experienced face-to-face classes yourself and have that body of experience upon which to draw. Few of us have experience taking online courses, and now we are expected to teach online.
As noted in the Illinois Online Network website, an online teacher becomes:
"..more than transmitters of knowledge; they must become facilitators of learning. Some highly seasoned instructors from the traditional on-ground environment will easily adapt to the online model, while others may find the transition challenging at first. The facilitator in the online environment must possess a unique set of tools to perform effectively."
A core belief behind this online resource guide is that teaching online involves more than simply providing content online. Content is available from multiple sources, so the role of faculty shifts from knowledge provider to learning facilitator. You will be expected to teach differently from the way you have in traditional classes. Are you ready?
To help you reflect on your own readiness to teach online, the following resources are provided to help you self-assess your readiness to teach online.
- Penn State Faculty Self-Assessment: Preparing for Online Teaching Complete the form and you will be emailed an analysis of your results.
- The SUNY Learning Network Online Teaching Survey This survey builds on research regarding high quality online teaching and learning. It was designed for those who have taught online as a way to consider improvements to a course, but has good indicators regarding online teaching practices.
- Illinois Online Network, "What Makes a Successful Online Facilitator?" Two good lists of expectations associated with teaching online.