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The Art of E-Teaching

Journal of Continuing Higher Education Volume 58, Number 1, ISSN 0737-7363


Today, teachers are facing a new generation of students known as the Millennials, or the digital generation. They have grown up with the Internet, cell phones, and multiple methods of electronic communication; however, they learned in traditional classrooms where they were required to disconnect. Faculty members generally fall into the Baby Boomer generation or into Generation X. They have watched technology evolve from the days of radio and vacuum tubes, through multiple generations of microcomputers, to information at one's fingertips. Like their students, most of them learned in a traditional classroom with a standard lecture format. In this article, the author describes three qualities that are needed to be an e-teacher and discusses the seven principles of good practice which help teachers explore the transition from being an excellent traditional teacher to an excellent e-teacher. The seven principles are (1) encourages contact between student and faculty; (2) develops reciprocity and cooperation among students; (3) encourages active learning; (4) gives prompt feedback; (5) emphasizes time on task; (6) communicates high expectations; and (7) respects diverse talents and ways of learning. These seven principles apply equally well in the traditional classroom and in the electronic classroom.


Hoskins, B.J. (2010). The Art of E-Teaching. Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 58(1), 53-56. Retrieved March 20, 2023 from .

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