In past courses we talked about the benefits of studying online and also the shortcomings of it. However, as I was reading through Brookifield’s eleventh chapter of skillful teaching, I realized that we have not talked about what online teaching means. Based on the three core assumptions of skillful teaching it appears that there are no differences between face-to-face and in class teaching. They are applicable in diverse circumstances:
-“Skillful teaching is whatever helps students learn.
-Skillful teachers adopt a critically reflective stance towards their practice.
-The most important knowledge skillful teachers need to do good work is a constant awareness of how students are experiencing their learning and perceiving teachers’ actions.” (Brookfiled, p.17.)
There are obvious challenges in the cyber world, i.e.: feeling isolated. This is one of the reasons why small group assignments are so important as well as linking interactions to content modules. Most of my adult formal education was earned online. Therefore I honestly can say that the teachers I worked with had the skills of being helpful when needed, aware of the students experiences to keep the class on track and critically reflective practitioners by making adjustments to the curriculum as needed based on the students’ feedback. I hope that it is not too naive of me to say that completing most of this program online provides me with a glimpse of what an online instructor’s every day looks like.
Brookfield, S.D. (2006). The Skillful Teacher: On technique, trust, and responsiveness in the classroom. ( 2nd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
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