What Are the Common Fears of Teaching Online?
As the number of online courses skyrockets, so does the number of new online instructors. Without prior experience in the virtual classroom, these instructors can feel apprehensive and fearful about teaching in a new (and unfamiliar) platform.Many community members of the Faculty eCommons share this sentiment—they’re uncertain and anxious about what to expect as they prepare to teach online for the first time. These fears are legitimate and common, but easily alleviated—even eliminated—with some advice and guidance from experienced online teachers. Lend your wisdom and experience—help your fellow online instructors overcome these common fears! In the list below, add a fear you faced teaching online for the first time, and offer advice or reasoning to help other online instructors overcome their anxieties.