Category: Social Presence

How to Create Presence in an Online Course

How to Create Presence in an Online Course Canvas Page “About Your Instructor” that includes the following: an audio recording of instructor’s voice introducing herself to her students A picture of the instructor Optional: a short paragraph about the instructor A Frequently Asked Question Forum will be created and pinned at the top of the Discussions board. It will explain… Read more →

Group Work in Asynchronous Classes

Group Work in an Asynchronous Class Asynchronous classes can have successful group work activities by explaining the procedures in several places at several times. In the syllabus module of the class, create a page that describes the structure and sequence of the work flow. Inform them of how many groups of how many people there will be. How the groups… Read more →

Zoom Etiquette

Zoom Etiquette: Tips for Zoom Meeting Attendees Mute your microphone Make sure you mute your microphone when you are not speaking. This keeps background noise to a minimum Be aware of noise in the background. Avoid activities that create additional noise. For example, shuffling papers, talking on the phone or listening to music. When your microphone is not muted, everyone… Read more →

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VoiceThread, Relay Conversations and Canvas Discussions with Video: What Makes Them Different?

If you have been following Online Learning Services over the course of the year, you may have noticed the variety of tools we provide for online discussion. It is understandable that you might be confused about what each one does. Here is a handy summary of each tool and in what teaching context it can shine: VoiceThread VoiceThread is a… Read more →

The Opportunity Matters – Social Presence in an Online Environment

One area in which we receive a lot of questions by instructors-to-be of fully online and hybrid courses is about communication in online courses. How much should you communicate? What will students expect? How often should I log into my course? These are great questions! When we’re thinking about instructional design, we call this “social presence”. It’s part of a… Read more →