Creating an environment in which students feel comfortable communicating with the instructor is an important element of an online course. Provide your contact information to students right away when they join the course and communicate your expected turnaround time for returning communication. Consider reaching out to student to initiate communication and set office hours so that students know when you can be contacted.
- [Voiceover] Communication plays a major role…in any online course.…If you want your students to be comfortable and confident,…it's critical that they know how…to contact you with questions.…Although we discussed this earlier,…I want to mention again that you should…provide your contact information…to students right away when they join the course.…Post it on your syllabus, and of course,…update or anywhere else that fits.…Right now, I'm in my Schoology account,…and on my course profile, I do have my contact information…which is my email address.…And students can also contact me…through the learning management system.…
Now, I also, under updates,…sent an update to my students reminding them of this.…So, I told them that if they need to contact me,…here are the different methods.…I also recommend letting students know…how long it will take you to respond.…Here, I put down that I will respond…to any questions within 24 hours,…although, it typically will be much sooner.…With the ability to send notifications…to your email and smartphone,…
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