The 24-Hour Professor

via Serious Instructional Technology: from The Chronicle of Higher Education, The 24-Hour Professor: Online Teaching Redefines Faculty Members’ schedules, duties, and relationships with students.

This is one of the reasons I burned out on full-time teaching. At first it’s great because you’re making yourself more accessible, and that’s a good thing, right? Suddenly students are sending you IMs at midnight. They’re expecting responses via e-mail within two or three hours. On weekends. And these aren’t distance-education courses, these are regular lecture courses.

A rule I learned a long time ago was that if you want to see the real point of a news story, skip to the last paragraph:

“It’s rewarding and it’s exciting,” he says. “But I think it’s exhausting. You’re essentially teaching every day of the semester.”


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