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 stagethat transfers knowledge to students
|Facilitator, helps the students construct knowledge by guiding discussions|
*Pedagogical refers to the methods and practices of teaching.