ERIC Number: EJ938844
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
BE VOCAL: Characteristics of Successful Online Instructors
Savery, John R.
Journal of Interactive Online Learning, v9 n3 p141-152 Win 2010
While classroom teaching and management strategies are well documented, the online learning environment presents different challenges and benefits. Teaching in an online environment requires a special set of teaching skills since many of the strategies and tactics associated with best teaching practices are somewhat constrained by the primarily text-based environment. The VOCAL approach summarizes the key characteristics that a master instructor utilizes to be effective in an online environment. VOCAL is an acronym for Visible, Organized, Compassionate, Analytical and Leader-by-example. The ability of the teacher to effectively infuse these characteristics into their instructional practice--to BE VOCAL--will promote a supportive, challenging, constructive, rigorous and effective instructional environment. Instructors who practice a VOCAL approach will have more productive learning environments, fewer management problems and more positive learning experiences with their students.
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Online Courses, Educational Environment, Teaching Skills, Teaching Methods, Adjustment (to Environment), Instructional Effectiveness, Teacher Effectiveness, Expectation, Teacher Expectations of Students, Student School Relationship
University of Alabama. 152 Rose Administration, P.O. Box 870104, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487. Web site: http://www.ncolr.org/jiol
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A