Provide only your name and title to introduce yourself online
Social Presence Creating a community of learning is an important aspect of the online environment. Students may never have the chance to meet face to face. The instructor sets an important example by introducing him/herself with personal information and preferably a picture. Why not?
Post entries from learner journals directly into the discussion groups
Why not? Social Presence Communities function best in an environment of mutual respect. The instructor sets a very poor example by posting personal entries in a public space without permission of the student.
Why not? Social Presence In addition to introducing themselves, instructors need to invite students to introduce themselves. This can be done in the context of an opening assignment with an added quiz that encourages students to dig through each other’s responses.
Provide only one way for learners to communicate with each other (or not at all)
Why not? Cognitive Presence Students need different ways to reflect, ask questions and engage in higher order thinking. Different ways of connecting - through asynchronous and synchronous discussions, emails and writings - help students to build better understanding of content and context.
Limit the content of the course to readings and writing of papers
Cognitive Presence When the course is limited to only one type of content and one modality, the learner does not have the opportunity to build on the knowledge of others. The content should include a range of discussions, chats, presentations, readings, and written work. Why not?