Rethinking the role of postsecondary instructors: Opinion

December 14, 2020

The role of postsecondary instructors needs to be rethought, writes Steven Mintz. The author explains that the shift to online learning has demonstrated that instructors are on the front lines of education; as such, they should prioritize teaching and their role as advisors and mentors to students. Mintz argues that university teaching must be professionalized, and that instructors should be given access to instructional designers, educational technologists, and assessment specialists. Additionally, instructors should design courses that help all students master the material and should think of students as partners in the production of knowledge. “The pandemic has presented us with an opportunity to fundamentally change the culture and incentive structure surrounding university teaching,” writes Mintz. “We shouldn’t waste it.” Times Higher Ed (International)