In order to maintain a culture of engagement and participation it is important for the instructor to maintain an online presence. In order to encourage students to engage in conversations on discussion boards, send direct messages, post o n forums, and utilize small groups, it is important for the instructor to create the appropriate platforms, communicate expectations, and then model the expected behavior. Discover ways to be more effective at maintaining an online presence including customizing your notification settings, setting office hours, and creating a to-do list that you can access when checking in on your online course.
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- [Voiceover] In order to maintain a culture of…engagement and participation, it's important for you…the instructor to maintain an online presence.…You'll likely want to encourage students to use…discussion boards to engage in conversations,…use features like direct messaging, forums, or…email to ask questions or seek help with an…issue and use small group settings to collaborate.…Although students may begin by doing these…things, they likely won't be sustainable…unless the instructor remains involved.…It's extremely frustrating for students in an…online course to post in a discussion without…receiving feedback or to reach out to the instructor…to ask a question but not hear back for several…days, or submit an assignment or project without…receiving feedback in a timely manner.…
For these reasons I highly suggest that you…maintain a strong online presence in order to…foster an engaging online environment.…In order to do this, I recommend a few things.…First, make sure that your notification…settings are set appropriately.…
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