How to overcome hesitation about teaching online: IHE contributor

December 14, 2016

“In the hierarchy of [PSE] status, if you teach online, do you compromise your position?” asks Robert Ubell for Inside Higher Ed. The author explores the incentives and barriers that still exist for instructors who do or do not want to teach online courses, noting that some academic departments in the US actively discourage young faculty from teaching online because it is seen as a distraction from important career goals. One reason for this view is the fact that many instructors continue to have a negative view of online education. Another barrier, Ubell notes, is faculty’s fear of losing control over their classrooms, which they are used to leading with minimal supervision or input from peers or administrators. Yet ultimately, the author concludes that online education will continue to improve as more faculty develop new conceptual approaches to teaching and learning in the digital age. Inside Higher Ed