Volume 7 Issue 6 - Online Instructor
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
competencies aligned to MVCR program
presentation from the eLearning 2007 Conference in Albequerque, New Mexico.
research article in Online Journal of Distance Learning Administation