Use Web Conferencing Tools for Office Hours

Description One of the primary concerns reported by online students is feelings of isolation (Abrami & Bures, 1996), and according to Wang, Dziuban, Cook, & Moskal (2009) one of the most effective predictors for student satisfaction is their perceived ability to respect students and show genuine interest in their learning. One way to bridge the …

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Reach More Students with Targeted Office Hours

Description One of the biggest challenges instructors face with large class sizes is connecting with students individually. Often students will make use of office hours for that personal connection, but there are only so many hours in the day and teaching online adds another layer of complexity. What are targeted office hours? Have you ever …

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Managing Student Interaction with Sign Up Sheets

Description In a distance learning environment, Moore (1989) suggests there are 3 different interaction types: student to student, student to instructor, and student to content. Given various variables such as class size, student location, student needs, teaching load, and content complexity, managing student to instructor interaction can be a difficult and time consuming process. How …

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