What requirements are embodied in the art of teaching in online learning? An effective teacher must be true to the learning objectives of the subject-matter at hand while attending to the multitude of facilitation requirements and characteristics students bring to the experience. Effective teachers bridge content and student needs through appropriate student engagement; a tactic as old as education itself (Astin, 1993; Schwab, 1978). The sense of bricoleur, or one who creates from a diverse range of materials and tools, is appropriable. This presentation will review data from 39 online teachers from two open and distance institutions regarding the concepts in the Community of Inquiry (CoI) model for online environments (Garrison, Anderson & Archer, 2000). Particular emphasis is noted on the role of emotion in online environments. It is possible that emotional presence impacts perceptions of teaching, sets online classroom climate and both enhances and hinders students learning.