Social Presence: How Should Instructors Communicate Online?
Of course, instructors play a central role in online teaching and learning. But online lectures tend to be one-sided, and comments on submitted student work often remain limited to one-on-one communiquÃ©s. How, then, can instructors create rapport with their classes as a whole in an asynchronous online format? They must find balance between standing at an â€œunrealâ€ distance on one hand and, on the other, being so present as to overly determine the student conversation within a course.
After surveying teachersâ€™ methods of providing feedback, this presentation will offer advice about how to create an online presenceâ€”to have a balance between micromanaging each studentâ€™s experience of the course and following a distant, set-it-and-forget-it approach. Presenters will share how to guide conversation alongside and in response to studentsâ€™ interactions with each other, as well as encourage students to see the instructor as a guide and collaborator in smaller activities that are the online equivalent of in-class participation.