Be Present in Your Online Course – Part 3

This is the third and final post in a series on creating social presence in an online course. Where are you in your online course?   Do students hear from you in your online course as they would in a face-to-face class? Do they feel that you are a real person? In  Part 1 of …

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Be Present in Your Online Course! – Part 2

This is the second in a post series on social presence in an online course. Be there. An online learning experience should feel like a class, with people. It shouldn’t feel like an independent, isolating course or like you are responding to a CPU or robot. When you facilitate an online course, students take your …

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Humor is the best medicine

If humor is the best medicine, what does it cure?  If a picture is worth 1,000 words, how much is a cartoon worth?  Last week at the 2019 Association for Educational Communications and Technology annual conference, CaptainBigIdea.com, a.k.a. Dr. Thomas Royce Wilson, had us laughing for an hour with his visual and humorous approach to many …

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Debunking the Myths Associated with Condensed and Accelerated Courses

~Written by Dr. Amy Greene, Executive Director for Online Learning and Adjunct Instructor in Learning Technologies All online courses are not created equal. Although the purpose of offering online courses is to provide students with additional course format options and improved schedule flexibility, we as educators can actually do more harm than good if the …

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Be Present in Your Online Course – Part 1

Written by: Kelley Senkowski, Online Design Consultant How do you ‘be there’ in your course so your student’s feel that they have a present instructor, as in a face-to-face class? To take it a step further, how do your students know that they have a real person as a teacher or instructor? How does your …

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LMS tools – Simple strategies to welcome students and simplify your semester

You can see energy crackling around schools, as students of all ages prepare to start a new semester. "Will this be the year I... [any hopeful or dreaded outcome]?" Returning faculty often exude a different vibe.  They tend to ask things like, "Where did the summer go?" or "How will I get everything done?" or …

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Question the Assumptions to Assess Outcomes

Are you a social butterfly? Whether you are or not, you meet new people and are exposed to new thoughts and content constantly. When you are in a discussion at work, or in a social setting, of a topic where you have little knowledge, you ask clarifying questions and try to relate the response content …

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