Teaching Competencies for the Online Environment

November 13, 2016

Angry teacher working onlineThe goals of this study are to identify key competency areas that lead to success in online instruction and to develop a framework that supports professional development and self-assessment. To identify the key competency areas, skills and behaviours presented within current literature were analyzed. Secondly, gaps were identified and levels of competence were determined within each key competency area. The resulting analysis produced the Online Teaching Competency (OTC) Matrix including five competency areas: Community & Netiquette, Active Teaching/Facilitating, Instructional Design, Tools & Technology, and Leadership & Instruction. This leveled competency matrix can be used to inform professional development in the online teaching environment and is also a useful guide in the areas of self-assessment, portfolio design, and the development and evaluation of professional development opportunities.

The Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology