Personal and Professional Health When Teaching Online: A Six Faceted Approach

Updated: Sep 15

William H. Robertson

University of Texas at El Paso

At times, teaching is a solitary profession, especially when it comes to making lesson plans, grading, mastering technology, and planning active learning strategies to use in the classroom. When you move to a fully online format, the sense of separation can be even more pronounced as you look for ways to establish community and increase your faculty presence online. Such separation can often lead to an increase in time spent on each class and with each student, which may increase your stress and impact other important areas, including your research, your service, and of course, your home life.

For myself, I have found that if I have a framework that helps me to achieve a balance between my teaching online and my personal and professional life outside of teaching online, I am a much more productive and happier person. A modification of the six facets of understanding, a framework from Wiggins and McTighe (2005), provides a framework adapted to help maintain personal and professional health when teaching online.