Teaching in a face-to-face classroom is easy. You walk into a room filled with eager participants, import knowledge and leave.
Well, obviously, there’s more to it than this, but you get the idea. In a typical face-to-face setting the instructor focuses on what he or she does best – promoting learning. Everything that enables this – the creation and maintenance of the overall learning environment – is pretty much transparent. So in going virtual it’s easy to overlook the administrative and organizational framework required for an effective and engaging virtual learning experience. It’s natural to focus on the virtual course and ignore the virtual campus that supports it.