Strategies for Increasing Instructor Presence
Concurrent Session 2
Studies have shown that there is a correlation between perceived instructor presence and student motivation and learning. This proposed session would provide an opportunity to learn from each other by sharing and discussing ways to increase instructor presence and immediacy in any class setting.
Instructor immediacy can be described as the actions taken by the instructor to decrease any perceived psychological distance between students and the instructor. This is especially important in an online class where there is often a great deal of physical distance. Studies have shown that there is a correlation between perceived instructor presence and student motivation, learning, and retention. Studies have also shown that instructor immediacy can have a positive impact on honor code compliance, thereby promoting a culture of academic integrity in the classroom.
One such to improve immediacy and increase instructor presence would be to proactively contact students who may be struggling. A quick email to the student will let them know that you’ve noticed their struggle and that you are there to help. It shows the student that you care about them and about their learning. Students may respond to your outreach when they may have been to shy or afraid to reach out to you initially.
We can also periodically reach out to students who are doing well. We all like to know that our hard work and accomplishments have been recognized.
Another suggestion would be to send a weekly video announcement rather than (or in addition to) an email or text announcement. This would give students an opportunity to see your face and hear your voice. It shows that you are a real person who is there to help.
This proposed session would provide an opportunity to learn from each other by sharing and discussing tips/strategies/methods for increasing instructor presence and immediacy in any class setting.