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Recommended Citation: Abraham, S.  Online Teaching: A Faculty Perspective.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2001, v 18 (Cincinnati): §10a.

Online Teaching: A Faculty Perspective

Samuel Abraham    [a1] [a2]
Computer Information Systems Department
Siena Heights University    [u1] [u2]
Adrian, Michigan, USA    [c1] [c2]

In recent years Internet/Web based online teaching/learning has grown substantially. Institutions of higher learning are eager to offer online classes and are often asking on-ground faculty members to teach online classes even without any proper training. Many faculty members who have never taught online classes are very apprehensive about the possibility of teaching online classes and are sometimes questioning the validity, and the appropriateness of such classes. If a course is well designed and carefully implemented, online instruction can provide an effective educational environment and can be an enjoyable experience for both students and instructor, particularly if the students are motivated and self-disciplined and the instructor maintains continuous interaction with them (Cooper 1999). The author has been teaching online classes for the last three years in various institutions (national, regional, and local) using web-based tools. This paper addresses some of the lessons learned during this period of time and then provides some suggestions to improve online teaching. A web-based online class will be used to discuss the class structure, course delivery, course management, and student assessment.

Keywords: online teaching, course management tools, discussion forums, study teams, feedback, student participation, assessment, student motivation

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