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Volume 7 Issue 6 - Online Instructor Competencies
By: Virgil E. Varvel Jr.
Keywords: Competency, Online Instruction, Online Education, ELearning

This pointer lays out a long list of competencies that have been found to improve practice and student learning and satisfaction in online education. The competencies are arranged by the functional roles of the instructor. At times, there may appear to be some duplication, but if you look deeper, you will see that I have tried to avoid true duplication. For instance, disability considerations are throughout, but one area might refer to the moral obligation, another area to the legal obligations, another to Web design aspects, and another to pedagogical application. Also, for many activities, there are three aspects that may be considered separately. There is the knowledge of an activity, the application of that activity, and the ability to state a rationale for that action. Finally, the alignment of these competencies with MVCR courses is also included. A paper coinciding with the construction of these competencies including more information on their organization has been submitted for publication. A link to the paper will be included here once it is in print. Highlights of this study were presented at the 2007 Illinois/International Online Conference and at the 2007 eLearning Conference in Albequerque, New Mexico. The PowerPoint used in the second talk is linked below.

pdf document PDF competencies aligned to MVCR program

PowerPoint presentation from the eLearning 2007 Conference in Albequerque, New Mexico.

Full research article in Online Journal of Distance Learning Administation

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