Developing Your Digital Persona: Strategies and Tools for Increasing Student Engagement through Increased Instructor Presence
Monday, November 14 11:55 AM-12:15 PM Location: Banneker
Abstract: Some people assume online classes are automated and anonymous, which is an attitude that fosters disconnect between students and instructors. However, automated tools offered by many learning management systems (LMS), when used in conjunction with visual media, can actually help foster a Community of Inquiry (COI) in online classes, thus increasing student engagement with course concepts, fellow students, and their instructor(s). This presentation covers tools and strategies instructors can use to craft their virtual presence in their online classes to encourage social and intellectual activity among, and with, students. This presentation will recommend a set of best practices for online announcements, feedback, and lectures, using examples from courses taught in the Canvas LMS. After the presentation, audience members will walk away with practical strategies they can apply to future courses and knowledge of how automation can help increase (not replace) student interaction.