Online Teaching as a Career Part 2: Professional Development

What is the essence of online teaching? Should an online instructor be referred to as a teacher, facilitator, educator – or perhaps all three are applicable? In the reality of online teaching, all three of those words apply as an online instructor must know how to teach a subject, facilitate a learning process, and be an educator by knowing how adults learn.

At the heart of online teaching are the relationships and interactions developed and sustained with students, the personal connections made that humanize the learning experience, and the discussions that are nurtured to engage students in meaningful conversations. The work of an online instructor can become very demanding because of the nature of facilitating a learning process within a virtual environment when instructors cannot physically see or interact with their students.

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