Tag Archives: presence

Special Issue: Social presence, identity, and online learning: research development and needs

Scholars across many disciplines have grappled with questions of what it means for a person to be and interact online. Who are we when we go online? How do others know we are there and how do they perceive us? 

Source: www.tandfonline.com

Excellent overview with solid references that will help speed your research on distance education issues. 

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Behaviors & Strategies for Improving Your Instructor Presence

Establishing a connection with online learners is a demonstrated strategy for increasing student motivation in online classes (Jones, Kolloff & Kolloff, 2008) and a marker of instructor excellence (Palloff & Pratt, 2011). Employing the the behaviors and strategies noted below is an effective step towards making your online students’ learning more relevant and increasing their investment in your class (DuCharme-Hansen, Dupin-Bryant, 2005).

Source: page.teachingwithoutwalls.com

I dare you to read these lists of behavior and strategy ideas and not find something new.  Great resource. 

How to Humanize Your Online Class (Infographic and slideshow)

Humanized learning increases the relevance of content and improves students’ motivation to log-in week-after-week. When students relate to an online instructor as something more than a subject matter expert and begin to conceive of themselves as part of a larger community, they are more likely to be motivated, be satisfied with their learning, and succeed in achieving the course objectives (Picciano, 2002; Rovai & Barnum, 2003;  Richardson & Swan, 2003).

Source: magic.piktochart.com

Click through to a great infographic with a powerful presentation slideshow feature.  These are ideas that EVERY online teacher should know. 

Syllabus: Humanizing Online Learning

Michelle Pacansky-Broc: 

 

“When students relate to an online instructor as something more than a subject matter expert and begin to conceive of themselves as part of a larger community, they are more likely to be motivated, be satisfied with their learning, and succeed in achieving the course objectives (Picciano, 2002; Rovai & Barnum, 2003; Richardson & Swan, 2003). The end goals of humanized online learning are fostered through integrating learners voices, engaging students in the active construction of knowledge, fostering emotional connections, and providing students with choices. Ultimately, humanized learning increases the relevance of content to learners and improves one’s motivation to log-in week-after-week.”

Source: page.teachingwithoutwalls.com

There is lots to be learned by just reading the syllabus for this two week online training from Cal-State University Channel Islands!