Creating a culture of learning in an online course is critical. The most successful online courses allow students to feel empowered and comfortable enough to openly communicate and collaborate with the instructor as well as with other students. In order to foster an environment of communication and collaboration it is important to develop rapport between the students and the instructor. Explore some ways in which rapport can be developed in an online environment.
- [Voiceover] The most successful online courses…are ones in which students feel empowered…and openly communicate and collaborate with…the instructor as well as with other students.…If you want to create a culture in your online…class in which students are willing to…communicate and collaborate, it's important…to establish rapport early on.…So how can you do this?…The goal is to help your students feel…comfortable, confident, and valued.…A critical first step is to have students…become familiarized with you, the instructor,…as well as other students.…Now this isn't a easy task considering that…you're not meeting face-to-face, but there…are ways that you can do this online.…
First, allow students to get to know you.…I highly recommend taking some time to create your profile.…Almost all learning management systems will allow…you to customize a profile, and if not, create one…in a document that you can share with your students.…Right now I'm going to navigate to a Schoology account,…and inside of here I'm going to click on my profile…
Staff author Oliver Schinkten draws the connections between high-quality instruction and online education. He provides a framework for creating a digital classroom—with or without a learning management system—and guidance to get students interacting with the course material, the instructor, and each other. Collaboration is the key to making the learning experience more dynamic. Oliver also shows how to incorporate digital resources and the latest ed tech into your classroom, and make sure the lessons are accessible to students of all ability levels.
- What is online education?
- Why does online education succeed?
- Understanding learning management systems
- Incorporating technology in the classroom
- Setting guidelines and expectations about online courses
- Writing learning outcomes and learning objectives
- Sharing and curating files and resources
- Tracking student progress
- Engaging students
- Fostering communication
- Providing feedback
- Making learning accessible to students with disabilities