Why is instructor presence important?
- Increases student engagement
- Decreases sense of isolation
- Increases student satisfaction
- Decreases course attrition
How can instructor presence be enhanced online?
- Send Messages
Send regular announcements or messages with course updates and reminders.
- Post summaries
Post overviews and summaries of topics, weeks, or units.
- Provide feedback
Provide timely and substantive feedback on discussions, assignments, and quizzes.
- Offer opportunities to interact with students
opportunities to interact with students in online conference rooms in
real time (e.g. virtual office hours, exam reviews, small group
- Create videos
Create videos to welcome students, to present content, and to give feedback.
- Create screencasts
Create screencasts of how to navigate websites, use computer programs or solve problems.
Where can I learn more about enhancing instructor presence?