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A Key Competency for Online Instructors

By Daniel Fusch

Debates continue in the public sphere over the quality and efficacy of online instruction, with research studies citing quite different outcomes confusing the issue. The heart of the matter is that not all online instruction is equal –- institutions still differ widely in the level of planning that goes into the online instruction they provide and in the level of preparation and training provided for online instructors.

To see success with an online learning initiative, hiring and training for specific competencies is critical. Director of instructional design and development Larry Ragan and a number of his colleagues at Penn State World Campus (including Janet May, Paula Bigatel, Shannon Kennan, and Brian Redmond) have for some time been engaged in defining competencies for online instructors with some specificity.

This week, we interviewed Larry Ragan and Brian Redmond, who guided the panel of researchers for the Competencies for Online Teaching Success (COTS) study, to learn more about what competency they would cite as most critical –- and specific activities that can help instructors in online courses can develop it.

Continued at: http://www.academicimpressions.com/news/key-competency-online-instructors?qq=11189t401869aS

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