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