One of the most exciting benefits of learning to teach online is that it positively impacts face-to-face (FTF) teaching by:
- improving the use and integration of digital media and technology in face-to-face classes;
- making more extensive and better use of the Learning Management System tools;
- moving faculty from the “sage on the stage” to the “guide on the side”;
- offering professors more flexibility of how, when, and where they teach their class;
- motivating professors to learn more about pedagogy and course design for all courses;
- promoting the alignment of learning objectives to content, assessments, interactions, and activities in all courses.
Empirical research from faculty who participated in an intensive 4-week Teaching Online Workshop (TOW) at a private, non-profit university, supports external research findings (McQuiggens 2012, Sener 2012) that learning to teach online has a positive impact on F2F teaching.
The vast majority of TOW faculty agreed that learning to teach an online course has positively influenced how they teach their on-campus courses.
Learning Management Systems like Blackboard, Canvas, and BrightSpace often get a bad rap in higher education. The key is how faculty members leverage these systems to support student learning. Below are testimonials from Teaching Online Workshop graduates about how teaching online has impacted their LMS use in face-to-face courses
These findings are good news for students and higher education overall. When instructors apply what they learn about effective online learning practices to their face-to-face classrooms, it is a win-win for everyone!
Keairns, Kathy, & Tobin, Heather (2015). Faculty as Students: One Model for Preparing Faculty to Develop and Teach Online. Distance Teaching & Learning Conference. Madison, WI.
McQuiggan, Carol A. (2012).Faculty Development for Online Teaching as a Catalyst for Change. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, Volume 16: Issue 2.
Sener, J. (2012). The Seven Futures of American Education: Improving Learning and Teaching in a Screen-Captured World. North Charleston, SC: CreateSpace Independent Publishing.