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Sunday, February 10, 2008

An Online Teacher Tells It Like It Is

Errol Craig Sull has been teaching online for 12 years. He frequently conducts workshops on and writes about distance learning and currently teaches for Excelsior College.

Teaching Online: One Teacher’s Story

Can a traditional, true-blue classroom teacher, who welcomes a sprinkle of chalk dust on his sportcoat, transition to teaching online? What do I do about student interaction? How am I going to engage my students with only bits and bytes at my disposal? Those questions loomed as I listened to my department
chair tell me of the decision to launch the department’s first distance learning (DL) course, and that I should teach it.
Although I eagerly agreed — I knew this was the future of education and I wanted to be part of it — I wondered whether an old-school teacher could succeed in this brave, new world.

By Dr. Kenneth E. Hartman

Communications in an online course is very different than an on campus or face-to-face course. You are, in a very real sense, defined by what you “say” as you type. How you say it, how often you say it, and to whom you say it will often determine how well you’ll do academically and socially in an online course or online degree program.

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About Dr. Kenneth E. Hartman
He is the academic director at Drexel University Online. His free
Podcast for new online students can be found at: