Teaching Online at William & Mary

Online teaching provides facutly an opportunity to offer students the same high-quality W&M learning experience - just through a different medium. When it comes to online teaching, faculty have a wide variety of good motivations. As you consider the possibility of teaching online, below are five reasons synthesized from research literature why facutly are motivated to teach online.

Why teach online?
1) To meet student learning needs

The overwhelming number one reason why faculty teach online is to meet student leanring needs. Faculty who teach online care about offering their students quality education and see online learning as another means of reaching students with their teaching. Many faculty who teach online see that contemporary students live very complex, busy lives that require a delicate balancing act. They desire to offer students more flexible learning options - like online learning - that do not sacrifice any academic quality or learning integrity. Research at W&M also supports that students need more flexible leanring options. This past year, 98.9% of students surveyed want W&M to offer more online learning options. The year before that, it was 93.8%. Such high percentages may suggest that more online learning options are highly desired by students. 

2) Partner who helps with online course design and development 

Not only do students need flexibility but when developing an online course, faculty also appreciate having dedicated time to prepare an online course. When partnering with the Online Learning Team, we will guide you through a focused process that helps you learn about online teaching and equips you to do design and deliver and effective online course. Our online course devleopment program guides you through the process, and we utilize our online learning expertise, resources, and people to support you as you journey into online teaching.

3) Enhanced on-campus teaching ability

Want to improve your teaching knowledge, skill, and abilities? Faculty report that after they have taught online that their pedagogical knowledge increased. But what may be most surprising, faculty who have taught online indicated that not only did their online teaching ability increase but also their on-campus teaching! So we could reframe the question to say - want to improve your on-campus teaching? Teaching online will help you do that!

4) Expanding teaching knowledge, skill, and abilities into different delivery formats

The Online Learning Team places believes in "teaching and learning first; technology second." Within contemporary higher education, being capable of teaching in a vareity of delivery formats is increasingly viewed as essential skills that the 21st Century faculty members need to have. Completing an online training program - like our Online Course Development Program - is a way for faculty to grow and expand their teaching abilities.

5) Reward

Faculty find a mixture of intrinsic and extrinsic reward from teaching online. Intrinsically, when developing an online course, they often find the intentional process rewarding. When delivering and teaching the online course, they are often surprised by the high-quality of student learning and that online learning can be just as effective as on-campus education. Extrinsically, faculty typically also receive some sort of financial benefit as well.