Faculty Focus: Eight Roles of an Effective Online Teacher

Bernard Bull has an interesting post over at Faculty Focus that looks at the roles played by online teachers, and how they differ in many ways from their roles in a FTF classroom.  Some of these roles are difficult to fill as they are so different from the classroom, or may seem odd to those not familiar with online instruction.  However, haven taken a number of online classes from leaders in the field of online learning, I can attest to the fact that the most effective of those teachers did play all of these roles.

The 8 roles outlined are:

  1. Tour Guide
  2. Cheerleader
  3. Learning Coach
  4. Individual and Group Mirror
  5. Social Butterfly
  6. Big Brother
  7. Control Valve
  8. Co-learner

The Faculty Focus Post is here.

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.

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