What DOES an online teacher do?

In my posts last week, I provided a continuum of teaching and learning that ranges from textbook enhanced to technology enhanced to web enhanced to blended and then, online.  I maintain that it is difficult to be an effective blended learning teacher if one has not first been an online teacher because online teaching and learning is different than face-to-face teaching and learning.  Today, here are some excellent “day in the life” and narratives from online teachers.

First, Kristin Kipp was the 2011 Online Teacher of the Year.  She writes an ongoing blog about her experiences as an online teacher.  In one recent blogpost, she addressed how those unfamiliar with online teaching think that online teaching is all about “busy work“.  Another post discussed how “synchronous online sessions” are similar and different from face-to-face teaching.  Her video about being an online teacher is one of the best ways to understand the work of an online teacher.

Many articles have been written by online teachers about their typical day.  Here are a few:


21 Responses to “What DOES an online teacher do?”

  1. 1 Donna Baumbach March 1, 2012 at 8:42 am


    I’m LOVING this series of posts. My online class of preservice teachers are looking at virtual schools this week and I’ve seen so much more interest in teaching online this year than ever before. I’m going to share your posts with them because I think they allow them to see there are so many variations on the theme! And you describe them beautifullly! I think there is something for everyone–especially for those just entering the teaching profession in the next few years.

    I have little doubt that they are going to spend more of their careers online than we did! (Little technology was available during the dino age for me!)

    Thank you SO much!

    • 2 Rob Darrow, Ed.D. March 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      Hi Donna – Glad it is useful and always nice to know someone is reading my blog. I so much admire all that you have done in your career and how much you have contributed to the ed tech and library world!

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