We know the many reasons why online courses appeal to students—from the flexible hours to the affordability, they are a great alternative to traditional classes. But why do professors choose to teach online?
It turns out that teaching online is just as beneficial to professors as taking the classes is to students. Here are a few reasons why teaching online is becoming more popular with professors:
They can teach what they want. At traditional universities, it can be difficult for educators to teach classes that they are passionate about, due to the lack of interest from local students. However, since online education is able to be offered to a much larger student pool with greater student diversity across multiple time zones, professors find it easier to teach specialized classes in which they have a true interest.
The teaching process is streamlined. In online classes, professors can see exactly when students hand in assignments and see who is participating via the online chat room. This makes grading easier and less complicated than when teaching in person.
Better student interaction. Contrary to what some may believe, majority of instructors report that they feel a greater connection with their online students than with their in-class ones. In an online environment, more students are likely to speak their mind online, and feel more comfortable sharing their views from behind the safety of their computer screen.
One word: flexibility. Professors are as busy with other responsibilities just like students. Teaching an online class enables teachers to post teaching materials at any time of the day, giving them extra time to conduct research, take care of their families, etc
Teaching an online class can be a wonderful experience, and the professors who choose to do so are empowered to give their students valuable information and interaction experiences that they would not have in an on-campus setting. We appreciate our wide array of online professors, and hope that you get the chance to sign up for an online class to experience their greatness personally!
Professors and students, feel free to talk about your online class experiences in the comment section below!