Maintaining Excellence as an Online Instructor – Even When Challenged

As instructors know all too well, not every online class is going to function perfectly with every student performing at their very best. Instructors who are responsible for teaching online classes can experience several potential challenges at any given point in a class. For example, there may be technological issues with the online classroom platform, or challenges related to completing all of the required facilitation duties while managing a class and meeting the required expectations.

What can make online teaching even more challenging are uncooperative students, students who don't seem to review their feedback and are unreceptive to constructive criticism, and students who fail to communicate in a respectful tone. These students may require an investment of additional time, cause feelings of frustration, and disrupt the effort made to demonstrate excellence in teaching.

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