Using Simple Applications to Create Online Instructor Presence
Concurrent Session 5
Online instructors need to be intentional about crafting a sense of presence in their courses. Acquire quick and easy tools for your toolbox to successfully establish your presence in your online class. Various tools we will be exploring include, GroupMe, Doceri, Remind, Google Forms, Flubaroo and other beneficial apps.
Why do we need to be concerned with instructor presence in an online course? In a face-to-face classroom, we don’t have to work too hard on this because we are physically there, our students see us and know we are physically in the room. How do we do this in the online environment?
In the article, “Presence in the Online Classroom” the author Rob Kelly discusses the importance for online instructors to actively and clearly engage with their students in their online classes, (Kelly, 2014). A lack of presence can have adverse consequences for learners, whereas an increased presence in online courses improves student retention and performance, (Jaggars, Edgecombe, & Stacey, 2013).
This session will provide a demo of these very simple, but effective tools, that improve both instructor and course presence. Participants will see feedback from students who benefited from these tools.
Jaggars, S. S., Edgecombe, N., & Stacey, G. W. (2013, April). Creating an Effective Online
Instructor Presence. New York, NY: Columbia University, Teachers College, Community College Research Center. Retrieved from http://ccrc.tc.columbia.edu/media/k2/attachments/effective-online-instructor-presence.pdf
Kelly, R. (2014, January 7). Creating a sense of instructor presence in the online classroom.