Student video presentation of homework

Description It can be difficult to build a sense of community in an online course (Moskal et al., 2010), especially in mathematics where written work is usually somewhat limited. I find that regular class discussions provide a considerable benefit in this process. But the practice that has most effectively improved connections between students and between …

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Use Digital Posters for Online Community Introductions

Description A sense of community within a course can increase student engagement, persistence, and performance (Rovai, 2002; Vesely, Bloom, & Sherlock, 2007). In asynchronous teaching, creating community can be challenging. Instructors can facilitate a sense of community by providing ways for students to introduce themselves to each other (Woods & Ebersole, 2003). Glogs (graphic blogs) …

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Use digital communication tools to enhance online communities of inquiry

Description Learning online may be an isolating experience which may lead to student attrition. Digital communication tools may help to enhance online communities of inquiry and address students’ feelings of social connectedness, perceived instructor presence, cognitive engagement, and persistence. Research shows that faculty use of various new media and communication tools (including social media) may …

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Use mobile communication technologies to increase students’ feelings of connectedness and instructor support

Description Use of mobile communication technology in the higher education setting is still a relatively new area of study. On brick and mortar campuses, students who have face-to-face interaction with their professors and peers can often be seen texting or “tweeting” between classes or in class. Such mobile messaging usage in class can be very …

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Welcome Message

Description A welcome message to students before the course begins is an important step in establishing your online persona (Bellafiore, 2007; Gibson and Blackwell, 2005; Mensch and Ali, 2007; and Phillips, 2011). The message should include vital information for the course and not be your entire syllabus. The purpose of this communication is to welcome …

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Send students an introductory email message before the course begins

Description Many faculty members begin their online courses by contacting students in advance of the course start date or during the first week of classes with an introductory email message (Bellafiore, 2007; Gibson and Blackwell, 2005; and Mensch and Ali, 2007). The purpose of this communication is to welcome the students, establish a comfortable class …

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Course Evaluations

Description University faculty often receive course evaluations from students, but it is rare that these evaluations are used to improve teaching methods or course design (Golding & Adam, 2016). This reluctance is often due to instructor perceptions of course evaluations as lacking validity and reliability, but according to a study done by Benton & Cashin …

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