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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.

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Last updated: 09/22/2009
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