Ten Core Principles for Designing Effective Learning Environments:
Insights from Brain Research and Pedagogical Theory
by Judith V. Boettcher
Core Learning Principle #4: Faculty are the Directors of the Learning Experience
The role of faculty has changed with the use of technology. The Instructor is no longer the only person considered to have the knowledge necessary for the students to learn. The instructor is the guide who is responsible for getting the students to work on their own. Students assume a greater role in their learning environment by moderating discussions, giving presentations, writing summaries and reflecting on what they are learning.
The cooperation of faculty members involved in designing online classes is crucial. Online class design requires not only the input of one instructor, but a variety of instructors. Members of the faculty are required to work as a team in order to produce a class with quality that involves the learners and their input.