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New Roles for Faculty in Online Education

December 21, 2011

Excerpt from the article:

The world of higher education has changed, and many classrooms around the world no longer have a teacher standing at the podium in front of the class, like the Economics teacher in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, who hopelessly—and endlessly—asked a bored and disengaged group of students, “Anyone? Anyone?”

In fact, the emergence of online higher education as a new way to complete a college degree has become so popular that many “classrooms” are not even physical, they are virtual learning environments, and the instructor and students may be separated by hundreds of miles. This distance means that academic roles are changing, and faculty and students have to learn new ways to interact.

While many students thrive in the traditional academic setting, and need the face-to-face communication with faculty available in those settings, other students find traditional methods alienating and intimidating, and this often presents a barrier to learning.

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