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Communicating with Students

Establish a Communication Policy What better time than now to communicate expectations with students regarding turn-around time on phone calls, emails and graded assignments?  Do you have a communication policy in your syllabus and possibly posted in your course shell?  Take a look at this sample “Communication Policy” and see if part or all of… Continue Reading Communicating with Students

Social Presence

Improving Social Presence in Online Learning

I recently attended the Educational Technology Organization of Michigan (ETOM) Fall Conference held at Mid Michigan Community College in Mt. Pleasant. The keynote speaker was Dr. Karen Swan, the Stukel Professor of Educational Research and a Research Associate in the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service (COLRS) at the University of Illinois Springfield. Dr. Swan… Continue Reading Improving Social Presence in Online Learning


24-hour Job

8:30 pm is the time I typically stop doing ‘work-related’ stuff.  This isn’t just grading, but this is often the monster load of it.  I find myself researching topics related to class content, reading updates that are related to my field, answering the never-ending flood of emails, working on projects that are happening this semester… Continue Reading 24-hour Job