Teaching online, like all teaching, is about the student and helping them learn. Here’s some of the ways online education can benefit students in their learning.
Teaching online helps students access courses they may otherwise be excluded from due to shortage of physical space, or lack of availability of a particular course at their home campus. It enables you as an educator to reach more students, more diverse students, and in more places.
Teaching online helps students succeed when circumstances are not typical or ideal. We have a responsibility to our students to meet them where they are in their lives. For many of our students, being able to further their educational goals while staying with their family or holding a part-time job while studying is a welcome lifeline. By providing flexibility for students to watch lectures on their own time and at their own pace, and revisit them when needed, students can adapt their learning experience to their needs to optimize their success in the course.
Teaching online helps students engage deeply and actively with course materials. The online setting encourages, and helps monitor, participation from all students under equal conditions, amplifying their voices and helping democratize the classroom.
Teaching online helps students experience different forms of engaging with course materials. Since online modes of teaching allow instructors to experiment, innovate, and explore the best ways of using technology to their advantage, the student experience can be significantly enriched.