I have been teaching online courses for more than eight years now. I was one of the first at my previous institution to transition a face-to-face (F2F) course to a 100% online course and now, in addition to my F2F courses, I also teach for two fully online institutions. However, I still find many of my F2F colleagues reluctant to make that transition.

I realize that some courses do better lend themselves to being taught online. For example, I don’t teach biochemistry, but I can see where this might be a difficult class to transition to an online format; although I know some schools have done it. There are pros and cons to online courses, just like F2F courses, but for me, transitioning many of my courses online made me think in a different way about teaching and learning. Here’s why.

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