Online courses are what you make of them. They exist on a continuum from impersonal, maybe even alienating, to inclusive and engaging. An instructor must to bring their humanity to the course. They must demonstrate through instructor presence that they are not robots. This is one of the most important elements to online learning success. However, in an online course, there are challenges. In their blog post, I Am Not a Robot (2019), authors Price and Price highlight three approaches for enhancing online classroom presence:
These three actions will get your semester off on the right foot. Additionally, the authors’ conclusion presents several challenges to the approaches above, and it is worth reading.
Price, K. & Price, J. (2019, September 16). I am not a robot [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://magnapublications.emlnk1.com/lt.php?notrack=1&s=509db15ccab44979e3f35fbe8381154d&i=970A1120A15A31639
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