Big Idea - Making the Transition
The number of students enrolled in online education continues to grow at an accelerated rate. According to the Staying the Course Report published by the Sloan Consortium in 2008:
- Over 3.9 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall 2007 term.
- Over 20% of all U.S. higher education students were taking at least one online course in the fall of 2007.
Accordingly, many educators are making the transition from teaching in a traditional face-to-face setting to instructing in an online environment.
This poses a challenge to instructors and their institutions.
Discussion Question: In this first module, take the time to briefly introduce yourself. Focus on the following:
- With what school or college are you affiliated? Briefly outline how much face-to-face and online teaching experience you have had.
- What are some of the things you would like to learn more about with respect to online instruction?