There has been a lot of articles lately about how an online education does not stand up to the quality of a traditional education. The first thing that came to my mind was a question: Am I part of the problem? Or am I part of the solution?
I am always meeting new people and striking up a conversation, and it always comes to “What do you do for a living?” When I answer that I teach online as an adjunct instructor at a couple of different universities, the next question is, “Oh, do you teach at the local university?” “No” I reply, “I teach online classes.” I often get the response of “Oh, I could never do that. I have to be in a classroom.” Or worse, sometimes I get a different reaction.
In this insightful interview, Dr. Kristen Jensen Wall shares her perspective on the transitions and driving forces for online education. Benefit from her nine years of experience as she talks about flawed assumptions and the biggest challenges for faculty members moving to the online environment.
According to Jim, one of the most important things that goes into your welcome video is a bit about who you are and why you love to teach. Beth says this helps to put a human face on the instructor of the course and helps to create an atmosphere of being approachable.
This week we discuss some of the things that go into recording videos for our classes. We begin by asking the question why videos. Jim makes the comment that if you do only one video for your course, make it your introduction and welcome to class.