This is no big secret, but paying close attention to the affective dimension is key to learning and teaching. The majority of online courses at this time are still largely text-based, so I pay special attention to the nuances and emotional tone in all of my communications with students, whether via email or in the course discussion board. I also encourage students to reach out to me by phone or video chat in real time when they get stuck or more complex issues arise.
Learn how this educator uses music to nurture a “kind space” in her classroom, encouraging communication and connection in an asynchronous setting.
I invite learners to complete a brief online survey entitled “Spotlight on Learners –Tell Me About Yourself!” at the beginning of the semester. This small-but-mighty survey acknowledges the humanity behind each online screen.