Pedagogy: Moving from the classroom to the class without walls

The virtual classroom is no longer a concept of the future. Right now, professors lecture electronically to reach students not just across town, but across the country. Students have stopped lugging textbooks and instead log into the online library. Even working adults have found that education is no longer confined to a place, but instead is a process that fits conveniently into their life.

What does it take to be a successful online professor? Many of the same qualities that it takes to be gifted in the traditional classroom: care, patience, clarity, and ingenuity.However, you'll need to go one step further. You'll need to translate the classroom experience to a new medium.  This means finding new ways of communicating and building a rapport with each student. You’ll also want to encourage teamwork and collaboration. Here are a few tips to help you build a vibrant online learning community.

If you'd like to explore online facilitating further, have your department chair approve your course for the online/hybrid modality. Then contact Karen Lundstrem and register for the online/hybrid professional development course.