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Welcoming Your Students

Get your online course off to a great start with a welcoming “Welcome Letter”. A Welcome Letter creates instructor presence and lets students “hear” your voice. Email the Welcome Letter a week or so before the course start date and post in the course as well. Provide important and useful information like your contact information,…
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Project-Based Learning in the Online Classroom

As you prepare your online course for the next semester, you might want to consider implementing project-based learning (PBL). Many conventional classrooms have long operated on a project-based model, where instead of reading chapters, answering questions, and taking tests, students work on subject-specific educational projects such as building a greenhouse, designing a website, or debating…
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Building community in an online course

In addition to creating your instructor presence in an online course, also consider designing a sense of community. If Implemented early in the semester, a strong sense of community leads to improved retention and student success. Three ways to get started might be to: Begin by modeling the behavior you expect students to exhibit.  This…
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