Table: Cyber Critiques

August 09, 2005 1 min read

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Evaluators of online teachers must examine several factors, such as technical knowledge, and e-mail responses.

Expectations Indications
The teacher has the prerequisite technology skills to teach online. The teacher can provide evidence that he or she can use Internet browsers, e-mail applications (including attaching and downloading files), and word-processing applications.
The teacher demonstrates high-quality written communication skills. The teacher’s ability to communicate effectively in writing is evident in the course syllabus, learning activities, instructions, threaded discussions, and e-mail.
The teacher facilitates and monitors appropriate interaction among students. Collaborative learning opportunities-through e-mails, discussion strands, simulations, lab activities, and other group projects-are embedded in the course and are monitored by the teacher.
The teacher ensures that students know one another and feel comfortable interacting with one another online. The teacher includes icebreakers and other activities to build relationships among students to create a learning community.
The teacher provides students with timely feedback. The teacher responds to students’ questions within 24 hours. Feedback may include e-mails, discussions, telephone calls, regular progress reports and term/semester grades.
The teacher helps students with technical issues. The teacher tells students what materials and technological resources they will need and how they may be obtained.

A version of this article appeared in the August 10, 2005 edition of Education Week