Best Practices for Effective Online Teaching
Christina Dehler, Cal Poly Pomona, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Atlanta, GA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-52-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Advances in telecommunications and computer-based teaching and learning systems have expanded the opportunities in distance education and online learning, yet the potential of distance education resides not in the specific technologies that are applied, but in the nature of teaching and learning activities that occur when a technology is used. There is a trend towards redefining teacher and learner roles in a more constructivist manner. This paper examines the nature of online teaching and learning, and identifies best practices for effective online teaching. While research points to a specific set of required skills, unique to online teaching, there is strong indication that good teaching practices in conventional contexts also apply to online environments. The result is a compilation of competencies for effective online teaching; some drawing from good teaching practices in traditional settings, and others, distinctly belonging to online teaching and learning environments.
Dehler, C. (2004). Best Practices for Effective Online Teaching. In R. Ferdig, C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2004--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 407-412). Atlanta, GA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).