Posted July 5, 2013 on The Faculty Commons:
The demand for online courses has increased dramatically–so has the number of faculty teaching online. Online pedagogy has evolved over a short period of time, creating challenges with changing delivery methods, training, support, and course development. As faculty reflect on their experiences, are they satisfied teaching in the online format? Are they satisfied with the student learning achieved? Do the benefits of online learning, like flexibility and accessibility, outweigh the obstacles?
Whitney Kilgore, vice president of academic services at Academic Partnerships, conducted research to answer theses questions. Kilgore explored factors grouped into three categories: student, faculty, and institutional. The hypothesis stated that based on previous research faculty members are satisfied with teaching and with student learning outcomes in fully online courses.
Survey says? Yes—overall, faculty are satisfied with teaching online. Check out the infographic to better understand how faculty responded to the research survey.
Share your thoughts in the comments section! Do the survey results align with your experiences teaching online? In which areas of online teaching are you most satisfied, and which areas are more challenging? (Click infographic to enlarge.)