Author: Ray Schroeder
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By Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed
In addition to serving students in different locations, online courses are also conducive to teachers who want to work remotely. But doing it effectively can be challenging — if it’s even allowed. Online courses are often discussed in terms of opening opportunities for students in disparate locations. Some remote instructors said they sometimes struggled to cultivate the sort of engagement with students that can be achieved in closer proximity, whether students and instructors are in a classroom together or interacting primarily online. Some administrators, meanwhile, aren’t yet convinced that instructors can teach as effectively from afar. While teaching remotely has become more commonplace in recent years, instructors and administrators interviewed for this article said it’s still not the norm on many campuses.