Online Course Management Tips: Communication Strategies
Be responsive to questions posted online or in class. Especially at the beginning of an online course or activity, ensure that every comment has a response in a discussion forum or virtual chat. If no one else replies, either respond by message or by mentioning the author’s comment in one of yours.
For the discussion forum component of the course, send email messages to those who are falling behind, or who are reading but not writing.
When student’s log into their online course they can’t help but see the announcements you post. Use the Announcements section of Blackboard to notify them of changes to the content, timelines, deadlines, and any item that was mentioned in class.
Encourage meta-communication about the process of online discussions and offer suggestions for improving the experience for all the participants.
"But if we believe what we profess concerning the worth of the individual, then the idea of individual development within a framework of ethical purpose must become our deepest concern, our national preoccupation, our passion, our obsession. We must think of education as relevant for everyone everywhere — at all ages and in all conditions of life." ~ John William Gardner