Online Teaching and Learning

Online teaching and learning has become more popular in recent years because many instructors and students have seen the tangible benefits. A report PDF document (PDF will open in new tab) by the U.S. Department of Education demonstrates the effectiveness of distance/online learning for students in today’s environment. 


Teaching and learning can be challenging, but the benefits are worth the efforts.


The following are benefits of online learning for students:

  • Allows 24/7 access to the course materials
  • Accommodates different learning styles
  • Allows students to monitor their own learning progress and to evaluate their own learning results
  • Provides an opportunity to review the course material if necessary
  • Allows more interaction  between classmates and instructors via chat rooms and discussion groups
  • Reduces or eliminates travel time to and from campus
  • Allows students to enroll in courses when they cannot come to the campus due to scheduling conflicts

The following are benefits of online teaching for faculty:

  • Reduces workload by reusing course content and multimedia
  • Allows faculty to monitor student progress through a tracking system
  • Assists in determining which students need help and the type of help they need by analyzing quizzes and test results
  • Creates opportunities to spend additional time with individual students  needing assistance

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