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Teaching & Learning Tips for Faculty

Be Present and Available in the Course

Whether a course is taught face-to-face or online, faculty members need to be present and available. Face-to-face courses allow for interaction and engagement between faculty and students. However, the physical barriers of teaching an online course do not allow the same opportunities for interaction.

Blackboard offers many tools for instructors to interact, engage, and communicate with their students. These tools include email, discussion boards (asynchronous), group work, announcements, and live chats (synchronous). Scheduling weekly online office hour sessions are a great way to give and receive feedback and help enrich the learners’ experience.

Instructors should communicate with students daily, or at at least a few times a week. Constant communication helps foster a sense of unity within the course and allows the instructor to guide students through the course and provide feedback on their progress. A strong sense of instructor presence also helps alleviate much of the anxiety that students experience when taking an online class. Students can’t physically approach you after class, so being active and responsive creates a comfortable environment that allows students to get the most they can out of the class.