Redefine Online Instruction for Your Faculty

Last updated on: May 3, 2021

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It’s natural for instructors to feel uncertain about making a move from the classroom to online instruction. But with the right tools and support, they can learn how to navigate the online space and empower students to succeed. An ideal starting point is Wiley Education Services’ Online Teaching Strategies course. We surveyed over 100 instructors who completed the course in summer 2020 and found they learned more than effective teaching strategies. They also came to see how impactful online instruction can be.

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Primary Goals for Instructors

Faculty, Adjuncts, and Teaching Assistants took the four-week course to:
77% - Develop personally and/or professionally
50% - Prepare as a new online instructor
21% - Experience an online course first-hand
9% - Meet a program requirement

Debunking Online Teaching Myths
Getting the chance to take an online course helped many instructors change their preconceived notions about his modality. Now, far fewer instructors think online courses are isolating, and the majority indicated students can learn as much as they do on campus.

Instructors rated their agreement with the following statements:

Students in an online course do not learn as much as students in a face-to-face classroom.
Before the course: 19%
After the course: 8%
11% change

Students cannot achieve the same learning objectives in the online environment.
Before the course: 19%
After the course: 6%
13% change

Student will participate less in an online course.
Before the course: 25%
After the course: 11%
14% change

I need to know a lot about technology to teach effectively online.
Before the course: 42%
After the course: 47%
5% change

Online courses are isolating, and students are not as connected.
Before the course: 40%
After the course: 23%

It will be difficult to tell if my students are learning.
Before the course: 32%
After the course: 10%

Removing Barriers to Success
Faculty now feel better prepared to navigate challenges and maintain meaningful engagements with students.

Instructors identified what they feel are the largest challenges to teaching online:

Connecting with my students:
Before the course: 77%
After the course: 60%

Losing interaction with my students:
Before the course: 64%
After the course: 43%

Making sure students are learning:
Before the course: 61%
After the course: 41%

Losing control and having a lesser role:
Before the course: 12%
After the course: 8%

Engage and Empower Students
Faculty learned strategies for making online courses collaborative and impactful. They now feel prepared to:

Engage students early and often - 93%
Give more effective feedback - 88%
Motivate students - 86%
Facilitate discussions - 85%
Promote learning - 85%
Monitor student learning - 78%

See Online Teaching in a Whole New Way
After taking this course, 61% of instructors saw online learning differently

In Their Own Words
Here's how their perceptions changed:

"I feel more confident that it is possible to reach the same educational goals as in on-ground teaching."

"I am armed with more ideas on how to keep students engaged."

"I learned more techniques to increase social presence and encourage students' participation."

"I have a new appreciation for the educational theories behind student motivation and what can drive student success in an online environment."

"I can be just as present in an online classroom as I am in an on-ground classroom."

Supporting Your Faculty Leads to More Engaging Student Experiences
The Online Teaching Strategies course is just one way Wiley Education Services supports your faculty's journey to the online classroom. We also offer immersive training and on-demand resources to help them use the LMS, engage students, and improve learning outcomes.

See how we can tailor development opportunities for your faculty's unique needs.

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