Managing Instructor Presence in the Online Classroom

We don’t give a lot of attention to “presence” in the traditional classroom because we’re, well … present.

We’re there, face-to-face: Students can readily grasp our teaching styles, our personalities, who we are as people and as educators.

But online, it’s not so easy.

We’re pixels and characters, to a great extent.

So how can we establish a presence in the virtual classroom that students can relate to and understand?

Two leading authorities on the subject offer their insights in the special online video seminar, Managing Instructor Presence in the Online Classroom.

Leading the seminar is Lawrence C. Ragan, Ph.D., director of faculty development for Penn State’s highly regarded World Campus, and Dr. Kimberly Eke, director of Teaching and Learning Interactive at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Together they focus on three essential steps to establishing your online presence:

  • First, they help you think through the various dimensions of online “presence.”
  • Second, they help you develop a strategy – and a rubric – for representing yourself online.
  • Finally, they survey the technology that can help in the process – while also raising some important red flags.

You’ll leave this one-hour presentation with a firm grasp of how you can intentionally and effectively establish your presence, beginning with course design and extending into day-to-day “classroom” interaction.

No one ever waxed nostalgic about a “favorite display monitor” or a “life-changing keyboard.” It’s teachers who make the difference in students’ lives, whether it’s face-to-face or through the Internet.

Learn how to connect with your students even when you’re not in the room; order a copy of this valuable seminar!

Get the recording of this seminar on CD or on-demand! Both include the complete transcript and all supplemental materials.

An optional Campus Access License is available for an additional $200. It allows the purchasing institution to upload the CD of the seminar onto the institution’s password-protected internal website for unlimited access by the entire campus community.


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