Teaching from a Distance

September 13th, 2007 by Maria Moriarty

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If you’ve ever wondered if you’ve got what it takes to teach an online class, you can find out at AdultEd Online. This Web site has free tools for teachers and administrators to assess their skills and will show you how to integrate technology into your teaching practice as well as elements of distance education.

The site uses video tutorials, and text to give tips and advice, so you’ll need quicktime on your computer to get the full effect. Signing up is fast and free.

Here is some information about 2 of the self assessment tools:

The Technology Integration Self Assessment

  • measures your skills in 12 areas
  • gives you a customized professional development plan for building your skills
  • includes specific objectives and suggested resources

The Distance Teaching Self Assessment

  • shows you what is required of a distance instructor
  • gives suggestions for ways to learn more about distance teaching
  • helps identify areas of strength and weaknesses In:
  • instruction
  • communication
  • student support
  • curriculum
  • course development
  • distance education suitability
  • recruitment
  • intake
  • orientation

The site was developed by the University of Michigan and the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) for the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, as part of a project called Strengthening Programs through Technology.

Thanks to Matthias Sturm, Distance Learning Coordinator at AlphaPlus for finding this wonderful site!