Maximizing the potential of the virtual student

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Maximizing the potential of the virtual student

  1. 1. Maximizing the Potential of the Virtual Student<br />An excerpt from “Lessons from the Cyberspace Classroom”<br />
  2. 2. Use Best Practices from Classroom<br />Example:<br />If a student is struggling would you have a private tutoring session in your classroom? This could happen via a chat session, email, or a face-to-face session if necessary.<br />
  3. 3. Student Absences <br />If a student is absent for a week, contact him/her to determine why<br />
  4. 4. Student conflict <br />Determine how to best deal with conflict, to avoid reduced participation by others in class.<br />
  5. 5. Security Breaches<br />Students could potentially “hack” into course to “lurk”. <br />Students should be notified and enrollment keys/ passwords changed.<br />
  6. 6. Log In Frequently<br />By logging in several times a week, or at regular intervals that have been posted, the instructor is modeling acceptable participation.<br />
  7. 7. Stimulate Thinking <br />Ask broad questions that stimulate thinking.<br />Instead of “Name and describe 3 social system theories that apply to community development.” <br />Ask “What theory of community development did you find yourself relating to most? Why?”<br />
  8. 8. Include Humor<br />Create a warm, inviting course site by injecting humor if appropriate.<br />Builds a strong learning community<br />
  9. 9. Post a Welcoming Response<br />Students should post an introduction in any course to begin to find common interests or goals. This leads to community building.<br />

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