Friday, May 6, 2016

How to Keep the Human Element in Online Classes - Michelle Pacansky-Brock, EdSurge

While teaching online certainly changes how instructors communicate with their students, the instructor-student relationship is just as vital to the student learning and engagement in online classes as it is in an offline class. So what makes an online class feel less like it’s taught by a bot and more like it’s a human-centered experience? The following principles and related strategies will help faculty keep humans front-and-center of their online courses. Teaching a student-centered online class is a lot of work and while faculty may spend a significant amount of time setting up course content, these behind-the-scenes actions do not convey a sense of who you are as a real person to your students.

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