The instructor's role in the success of a course, a program of study, and student retention and achievement is clearly documented. In online learning, this role is even more critical as the instructor has to overcome potential barriers caused by technology, time, and place and create an optimal environment for achieving educational goals.
Although Web 2.0 and multimedia tools, as well as the unique community that can be built online, open new pedagogical possibilities, there are also some basic, but significant, instructor competencies the online environment assumes, if the teaching and learning experience is to run relatively smoothly and productively. This is the same self-assessment that you took at the beginning of the institute. After completing this post-institute self-assessment, you can review your responses from both and see where you have made improvements in the basic competencies needed and which ones you may want to spend a little more time on.