A community member asked the following question:
How many students should I have in my first time teaching an online course?
Faculty have a lot to learn when teaching online for the first time. It takes time and energy and patience to establish new habits of teaching. The preparation time is similar to teaching a campus course for the first time plus the time required for learning the ins and outs of the technology. One of the main challenges is learning how to “be present,” teach and mentor effectively online. With all that going on, I usually recommend that the class size for a new online faculty not exceed 15 students. Other excellent ways of getting started in online teaching is to co-teach with an experienced online teacher or to have a e-coach for support.
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