Skills of Online Teachers

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The National Education Association Guide to Teaching Online Courses list the following online competencies:

  • Understand the language of online education.
  • Revise/write course documents in CMS [LMS].
  • Use CMS elements effectively to facilitate course design.
  • Use technology to support course design.
  • Revise courses documents to maintain accuracy and currency.
  • Incorporate Internet resources into course documents.
  • Communicate an appropriate online tone during course delivery.
  • Foster student-to-student discussion.
  • Foster student-to-student collaboration.
  • Participate and be present in an online courses, meeting, student needs and school expectations for teacher presence.
  • Intervene appropriately when student misbehave online.
  • Communicate appropriately with students in one-on-one and group settings.
  • Communicate with students, parents, school administrators, and other teachers via a variety of online and traditional means.
  • Provide course materials to students in a timely manner.

To see the full descriptions of these skills and for examples of use of each skill refer to the full Guide to Teaching Online Courses.  The guide is available 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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