Online instructors need Basic Skills to form a base for the use of pedagogical competencies

Important Considerations

  • How to train?
  • What to train?
  • Who to train?
  • Is Competency a requirement or a suggestion?
  • How will competency be determined?

Pros and Cons


  • Faculty feel confident
  • Students benefit
  • Less support required


  • Lots of training required to achieve competency
  • Faculty resistance and contract issues
  • How to measure competency?

Basic Technology Skills

Online instructors need basic technology skills to form a base for the use of pedagogical competencies.

  • The ability to operate a personal computer within one of the campus’ standard operating systems (Windows, Macintosh)
  • Ability to use standard programs like Microsoft Office, Google Docs, YouTube
  • Select and save document in appropriate formats (RTF, Web page, .mp4) for student use
  • Ability to use standard campus email application(s)

Pedagogic Competencies

  • Planning the course
  • Designing the site, or using the course management system
  • Presenting content in a variety of ways
  • Facilitating asynchronous discussion
  • Providing feedback
  • Assessing student learning
  • Evaluating student performance

How to Assess PedagogicCompetencies?

  • Take online courses where those topics are the content (MVCR)
  • Peer evaluation of ongoing course
  • End of term student evaluations
  • Other?