Recent research questions whether teaching online leads to greater burnout in faculty compared with traditional face-to-face instruction. But, the findings reveal the answer may lie less in the mode of delivery and more in the personality of the instructor.
The following excerpt is taken from Inside Higher Education:
Online education demolishes borders: borders between regulatory jurisdictions, between traditional and nontraditional learners, and between for-profit and nonprofit higher education.
But one pattern of erosion that has been less thoroughly documented has been the crumbling of the borders that define the work lives of college professors. Some experts fear that the boom in online education could lead to higher rates of burnout among faculty, especially those whose emotional satisfaction depends on face-to-face interactions with students and colleagues. At the same time, some suggest that technological advances in online learning environments, specifically tools that aim to make virtual interactions more rewarding, could reduce the risk of alienation for online instructors.
For the full article, see Inside Higher Education.