EP Instructors—"How is Teaching Online Different Than in a Face to Face Setting?"

Comparing Face-to-Face and Online Teaching

Now that you've had a chance to hear what some EP colleagues had to say about the differences between face-to-face and online teaching, we'll spend a few more minutes here comparing the two platforms in more detail. The table below summarizes some of the key differences between teaching face-to-face and teaching online. Carefully study the table and then watch the video that follows.

Types of Differences Teaching Face-to-Face Teaching Online
Pedagogical* Mostly synchronous interaction, content presented as lectures, hands-on, pencil-and-paper assessments, content can be planned session-by-session Mostly asynchronous interaction, discussion forums, various means of content presentation, alternative assessments (e.g., collaborative/research projects, presentations), content must be planned out in advance of development
Operational Held in the same geographic location at the same time—regularly scheduled sessions Class is in session 24/7
Students Often live in close proximity to campus, schedule allows for classroom sessions Often working professionals, can be globally dispersed, personal availability can vary widely
Role of Instructor Lecturer, sage on the stage that transfers knowledge to students Facilitator, helps the students construct knowledge by guiding discussions

*Pedagogical refers to the methods and practices of teaching.

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