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ERIC Number: ED456841
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Competencies for Online Teaching. ERIC Digest.
Spector, J. Michael; de la Teja, Ileana
Competence refers to a state of being well qualified to perform an activity, task, or job function. According to the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction (IBSTPI), a competency involves a related set of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enables a person to effectively perform the activities of a given occupation or function in such a way that meets or exceeds the standards expected in a particular profession or work setting. One of the ways to validate a person that has demonstrated relevant competencies is through a certification process. Teacher certification is a common practice, and the notion of teacher competencies is fairly well established. The delivery environment (classroom-based, Internet-based, laboratory-based, hybrid environments, and so on) is a particularly relevant condition to identify competencies for online teaching. Becoming an effective online moderator requires training; there are competencies unique to online environments. In online asynchronous discussions, the moderator's competencies involve allowing learners time for reflection, keeping discussions alive and on a productive path, and archiving and organizing discussions to be used in subsequent lessons. In online synchronous discussions, the moderator must establish ground rules for discussion, animate interactions with minimal instructor intervention, sense how online text messages may appear to distant learners, and be aware of cultural differences. Implications of competencies for online teaching are discussed. (Contains 26 references and a list of related Web sites.) (AEF)
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Information and Technology, Syracuse, NY.