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Reducing the Online Instructor's Workload

Educause Quarterly Volume 29, Number 3, ISSN 1528-5324


Teaching an online course can be exciting, yet time-consuming to the point of infringing on an instructor's other responsibilities and personal time. Faculty typically put many hours into designing and administering an online course, especially the first semester it is offered. The author has heard many horror stories about the massive time faculty spent designing a new class only to practically start over when they discovered the need for a few changes in the content or format. Fortunately, there are ways to cut back on the time put into developing and teaching online courses. After teaching both an online and a hybrid course, the author has discovered several ways to deliver high-quality content while reducing the typical workload requirements. In this article, the author offers tips on designing and administering online courses that can save faculty valuable time while producing high-quality content. (Contains 2 endnotes.)


Sheridan, R. (2006). Reducing the Online Instructor's Workload. Educause Quarterly, 29(3), 65-67. Retrieved March 1, 2021 from .

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