Instructor Presence in Online Classes

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A presentation given to faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University's Teaching and Learning with Technology Institute: 8 June 2010.

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  • They don’t call it Distance Ed for nothing. Online class settings create a false sense of control (I can come and go whenever I want) countered by a sense of automation (I do this and that happens) and a sense of community (look at all these people in this class) countered by a deep loneliness (it’s just me and my computer).
  • things are different here, but that’s OK....
  • until there’s nothing left but an account and an occasional log-in must catch them at the curiosity stage and hold them with things that convince them you’re there and you care
  • Be friendly -- emoticons are your friend even when just making annoucements -- writing style, colloquial for some, formal for formal work
  • Gmail chat badge, IM, quick email reply, Messaging system, open conversation in forum
  • Your voice, video talking head is really quick
  • act like you care, even if you don’t -- use their names in replies
  • FAQ is a good start -- a help forum should be run by them first
  • Ask along the way, with polls or surveys (CATs) pulled back into announcements and discussions
  • Being there in a number of ways will have them coming to you, instead of you chasing them down The End
  • Instructor Presence in Online Classes

    1. 1. I nstructor P resence Lisa M. Lane MiraCosta College A rather tortured view through the wonderland of online teaching
    2. 2. The Setting Image by John Tenniel, from Victorian Web http://www.victorianweb.org/art/illustration/tenniel/lookingglass/2.3.html
    3. 3. Stage 1: Curiousity Image by John Tenniel, from Victorian Web http://www.victorianweb.org/art/illustration/tenniel/alice/1.3.html
    4. 4. Stage 2: Feeling lost Image by John Tenniel, from Victorian Web http://www.victorianweb.org/art/illustration/tenniel/alice/2.3.html
    5. 5. Stage 3: Fading out Image by John Tenniel, from Victorian Web http://www.victorianweb.org/art/illustration/tenniel/alice/6.5.html
    6. 6. Be friendly :-) Image by John Tenniel, from Victorian Web http://www.victorianweb.org/art/illustration/tenniel/alice/11.1.html
    7. 7. Be approachable Image by John Tenniel, from Victorian Web http://www.victorianweb.org/art/illustration/tenniel/alice/5.1.html
    8. 8. Tools are important Image by John Tenniel, from Victorian Web http://www.victorianweb.org/art/illustration/tenniel/alice/8.3.html
    9. 9. Be vocal (and visual) Image by John Tenniel, from Victorian Web http://www.victorianweb.org/art/illustration/tenniel/alice/7.2.html
    10. 10. Listen Image by John Tenniel, from Victorian Web http://www.victorianweb.org/art/illustration/tenniel/alice/10.1.html
    11. 11. Encourage helpfulness Image by John Tenniel, from Victorian Web http://www.victorianweb.org/art/illustration/tenniel/lookingglass/5.1.html
    12. 12. Encourage collaboration Image by John Tenniel, from Victorian Web http://www.victorianweb.org/art/illustration/tenniel/alice/3.1.html
    13. 13. Encourage assessment Image by John Tenniel, from Victorian Web http://www.victorianweb.org/art/illustration/tenniel/lookingglass/8.5.html
    14. 14. Image by John Tenniel, from Victorian Web http://www.victorianweb.org/art/illustration/tenniel/lookingglass/5.3.html

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