5 Common Fears about Teaching Online—Fact vs. Fiction

One thing new online instructors often have in common, whether they feel pressured to teach online or are more enthusiastic, is a great deal of anxiety. Teaching online involves a set of new technical, administrative, and instructional skills. Many are not thrilled about teaching online unless they feel confident that they can do a good job. And they often have fears that make them feel that doing a good job is going to be difficult, or worse. I often hear these five common fears and misconceptions from new online instructors, and other instructional designers who work with faculty tell me they hear much the same.

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