Recommendations from Instructors for Adopting Successful Online Learning

  • Maike GerkenEmail author
  • Therese Grohnert
Part of the Advances in Business Education and Training book series (ABET, volume 6)


Emergent technologies propose new ways to deliver and teach online courses, thereby offering learners more flexibility and new ways to build knowledge (Anderson and Elloumi 2004). When shifting from traditional face-to-face teaching to teaching online, universities and instructors must reconsider their teaching and learning paradigm. They must understand how to effectively design, implement and teach online courses. In this respect, the instructor has a central role. This chapter examines the role of the instructor and challenges faced when transitioning from traditional face-to-face settings to online courses. Through semi-structured interviews with experienced instructors of both online courses, this chapter derives a series of best practices addressing three key challenges for instructors: course design, learner engagement and technological issues.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Educational Research and DevelopmentMaastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands

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