When I reflect on the readings and question what motivates me to teach online, I think there is a basic justice issue that comes to the forefront. If my class is online, it could ultimately be offered to anyone regardless of location and social standing. In the traditional classroom, especially at a place like Emory, we live in a place of privilege and at worse, a bubble of common experience. The online classroom could possibly open up that constraint not only for us teachers, but also for our students. If successful, course content could be spread to new audiences untouched by our traditional classrooms.
My biggest concern is how emotional intelligence plays or doesn’t play in the virtual environment. I use emotional intelligence to see how my students are reacting to the information I am presenting in my traditional classroom. Without that use, I will need to find alternative ways of feedback. I will need to do that without adding busy work, a common complaint, to the online students. I am hoping this class will give me some ideas about how to address this issue.