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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.

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This entry was posted on August 8, 2007 by in Tip Jar.

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