Showing Presence

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woman engaging with her computerResearch shows that one of the factors that students rate as most important in the quality of their online courses is faculty presence.


  • Participate in¬†icebreaker activities
  • Provide timely feedback on assignments
  • Encourage questions
  • Model behaviors you want to encourage
  • Offer synchronous appointments

Below are a number of ways that you can make sure that your students know that you are very “present” in your online course and that you care about each of their successes.

Creating a Sense of Instructor Presence in the Online Classroom – Faculty Focus, Magna Publications

Creating an Effective Online Instructor Presence – Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University

Social Presence and Interaction in the Online Classroom РCenter for Teaching & Learning, Brigham Young University

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