As you are probably already aware, I am a college-level instructor. I have been for four years, and, for the most part, it is the most rewarding job–aside from writing, of course–that I have had. I love seeing my students suddenly “get it” or come to me and tell me the concepts they learned in class paid off in the “real world.”
I teach both in person an online courses, and, while they both have their learning curves, I have noticed I struggle the most with the online ones. Maybe it’s because you just don’t get the same level of interaction you would from an in person class, no matter how hard you may try. And maybe it’s because the internet is treated as if we are all anonymous. (I assure you, that is not true at all, and it’s something I am extremely aware of.)
So, after a year of teaching online courses, I began compiling a list of some of the common things I noticed and things I wish I could tell students. Being an online student isn’t easy, but there are always steps we can take to make ourselves good stewards of that learning environment.
Have you been, or are you currently, been an online student? What did you think? What would you add to the list?