Essay on Teaching Methods Of Online Instructors

1493 Words Dec 13th, 2015 null Page
Peter Drucker, an award winning educator, once said, “We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn” (Drucker). Technology has changed many aspects of life, including education. Students are now able to take courses online. This has changed the way that teachers teach and only those students whose learning styles match this, or who adapt to these changes, succeed. Because of this and other underlying reasons, dropout rates for these types of classes are on the rise. The development of online classes has added pressure to students and influenced their learning potential.

The teaching methods of online instructors strains students and affects how well they learn. This was shown as several online professors were observed in a study. The effects that their teaching styles had on themselves and their students was noted (Nguyen). All of the professors utilized a program called “Blackboard”, which allowed them to lecture, give assignments, and grade online (Nguyen). They each expressed advantages and disadvantages to this. A big part of learning is face-to-face communication with others. Unlike teachers in traditional classrooms, online teachers aren’t capable of reading “facial expressions and nonverbal cues” of their students (Nguyen). Many of the professors addressed this concern. They required their students to participate in written discussions. Everyone participated,…

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