IHE: Should Online Instructors Be Online Students?

Inside Higher Ed has an interesting article on whether online instructors should first be online students.  I personally have mixed issues as we all learn differently.  In order to be empathetic toward online students and the unique challenges of online courses, taking online courses seems like a logical step.  On the other hand, taking a class for the modality and not the content doesn’t really give the same experience our students have.

What do you think?  Should online instructors be online students? What are the advantages/disadvantages?  Comment below.

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