Week 8

EDET 674 Week 8

Essential Question: What would you require of instructors who taught a course you designed?

When I read the essential question of the week, I immediately thought about sub plans and what the subs would need to know to run my classroom. If I were to design an online class, instructors would need to know, and do a lot to successfully teach the content.

There’s a list consisted of “Functions of Instructors in Distance Education” that they should be able to follow. They consist of content management, student progress, learner support, and course effectiveness (Moore, et.al, page 129):

  • Course Management- an effective online instructor should be able to: elaborate on the course content, supervise and moderate discussions, and supervise individual/group projects.
  • Student progress- an online instructor should: grade assignments and provide feedback in a timely manner, keep student records, help manage student study, and motivate their students.
  • Learner support- a supportive online instructor would answer or refer administrative, technical, or counseling questions.
  • Course effectiveness- a good online instructor should be able to evaluate the effectiveness of their course; how well their students are learning and progressing.

Handling assignments is another key component that an online instructor would need to effectively track. According to “Before the Online Course Begins,” they should be able to set up Gradebook, clearly state assignment expectations/rubrics, and staying on schedule with assignments/grading feedback.

Online instructors should be able to interact efficiently in three different ways (Moore, et.al, page 132). The first is learner-content interaction, which is the process of planned learning assisted by the teacher. The second is learner-instructor interaction, which is interacting with the students after the content has been presented. The last is learner-learner interaction; which is interaction between the learners.

There are four sets of techniques instructors should learn for guiding them through the web conferences (Moore, et.al, page 137). They are humanizing, participation, message style, and feedback. Humanizing is creating a learning environment that supports individual and group rapport. Participation is making sure there is enough interaction between the instructor and the learners. Message style is how you’re presenting the information and lastly feedback is how students will learn about their progress. According to “Before the Online Course Begins,” the instructor should create a student contact spreadsheet; which could include, phone numbers, email address, blog roles, etc.

Teaching online classes takes a lot of practice and skills. If I created an online class, the instructor would need to be able to do all of these things and some more. I think the most important is building an online community based on comfort, conferment, and camaraderie, which is basically “the art of niceness,” (page 144).


Before the online course begins . . . (2016, August 21). Retrieved October 25, 2016, from https://www2.uwstout.edu/content/profdev/teachingonline/before.html

Moore, Michael G., and Greg Kearsley. Distance Education: A Systems View of Online Learning. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2012. Print.



5 thoughts on “Week 8

  1. Genevieve- These are all great point that you make here: consist of content management, student progress, learner support, and course effectiveness. I think this is a very good point as well that the instructor should create a student contact spreadsheet; which could include, phone numbers, email address, and blog roles. They should be in contact with the student so should know how to contact them. Great points!


  2. Hi Genevieve,
    I like how you relate training instructors to teach your course to the classroom sub plans you leave for when you’re gone from school. It seems like the more detailed the sub plans are, the more information the sub has to make sure the day goes smoothly and provide the consistency that students need. All of the aspects you talk about are important in a comprehensive training for online teachers. I especially like the idea of humanizing the course, where the teachers set a positive tone and let students know that they are supportive and willing to help. Since this looks different in an online class vs. a face-to-face class, I think this focus would be very important to cover. Thanks for your thorough ideas! Amy


  3. Genevieve, You are so right with you posting that a good online instructor needs to have the ability and the tenacity to honestly self-evaluate. The only way to improve a course is to face it with frank honesty and a critical eye. What works and why? How are the students really doing and why are they not doing well, if this is the case? Often, others are helpful in this evaluation process, but no one can be as critical as the designer of the course, and it is in that process that effective instruction can happen online.


  4. Teresa

    Hi Genevieve,
    You make a lot of great points. There are so many things that go into teaching a course. A lot of practice and skill, like you said is so valuable in being an effective teacher. Thinking back to my first year of teaching compared to today is like night and day.

    What sticks out to me like with some of the others that replied is that online teachers need to think about humanizing. It’s pretty easy at first to think of others as far away… somehow not really there, until we get to know each other a little bit through various interactions. I also think handling assignments is a big one. Responding in a positive way to foster learning, but also in a timely manner.


  5. josies677blog

    What a great example for this week’s topic, working with a sub for your classroom. Theresa had a similar idea of walking the new instructors through a few online classes so that they can see their teaching style and what is expected of them.

    Great post.



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