I would imagine it would be a huge undertaking to design an entire course and all that goes with it (and we’re learning about how huge an undertaking this is!). If I had done all this work creating a class, I would want it to be implemented effectively and done in the best way to benefit students, knowing that the implementation of it would also reflect on me.
Classroom management is difficult to master in the classroom for many face to face teachers, but with experience teachers learn to direct the class to benefit learning. With this experience “they learn how to anticipate student responses to different events and how to deal with them” (Moore, et al., p.126). I would require the instructor to have some classroom experience.
Moore, et a.l stated that most online teachers don’t go through any technology training for teaching. Requiring this training would help the class to run more smoothly. Moore et. al. also mentioned that the best teachers are empathetic. This may be difficult to judge initially, but taking this into consideration during the hiring process would benefit students in that a more empathetic instructor can connect with students at all ends of the spectrum.
Good organizational skills are essential to instructors. There are so many tasks to complete that would require this including:
Kay Lehman also emphasizes the importance of being organized. She says keeping an organized work space, phone numbers, digital documents, the use of tools such as Diigo, Del.icio.us, and Scoop and calendars to keep track of events all are great time management tips.
Good communication skills is a must. Instructors must have good communication skills to express expectations and to give reasoning on things like grades given. They must be able to give constructive criticism, encouragement and reassurance if needed, and facilitate interaction between students.
Boettcher shared ten best practices for teaching online. These practices, “can help develop confidence, comfort, and experience in teaching online.” These include:
I would require these ten best practices for a few reasons. First, because they’ll help the instructor to have a clear outline to follow. Second, because it’ll help learners to be engaged in their learning, with the instructor and with other students, Third, it’ll set clear expectations for learners in the course.
Boettcher, J. V. Ph.D., (2006-13). Ten Best Practices for Teaching Online: Quick Guide for New Online Faculty. Designing for Learning. Retrieved from: http://www.designingforlearning.info/services/writing/ecoach/tenbest.html
Lehman, K. & Chamberlin (2010-16). Time Management Strategies for Online Instructors. University of Wisconsin. Retrieved from: https://www2.uwstout.edu/content/profdev/rubrics/time_management.html
Moore, Michael G.; Kearsley, Greg (2011-04-22). Distance Education: A Systems View of Online Learning (What’s New in Education) Cengage Textbook. Kindle Edition.