Online Teaching as a Career Part 5: How to Create Conditions for Learning in a Virtual Class

Learning can be fun, engaging, and interesting, or it can seem dull, mechanical, and boring. This is true regardless of the format of the class, whether it occurs in a traditional or online classroom. It may also seem that learning online should be (or could be) just as effective as traditional classroom learning.

In almost every online class, resources and materials are provided for the students, there are asynchronous (and occasionally synchronous) discussions, and then assessments are given to determine if progress has been made with meeting the required learning objectives. Students aren't required to sit through a lecture and instead they can study at their own convenience. But important elements are missing in a virtual classroom, such as face to face interactions that provide visual and verbal cues, and that makes the distance factor a significant challenge.

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