Communicating regularly with online students helps to:
- keep lines of communication open
- keep the course and schedule front and center
- communicates a commitment to students’ success
- emphasizes critical elements of the course
When and how you communicate with your students helps you foster a sense of community in your class which helps your students feel connected to you and their classmates.Sandra Mitchell-Holder
Quick reads are short articles and videos that reflect on or summarize current thinking, research, or experiences related to the topic.
Let’s Talk: Effectively Communicating with your Online Students
Chapter 3 from Humanizing Online Teaching includes discussion of why communication is important, strategies, and examples.
Email messages with a “hook” that prompts logging in
A great tip from the TOPR (Teaching Online Practices Repository of University of Central Florida)
Best Practices for Large-Enrollment Online Courses, Part III: Managing instructor-student communication and presence
From ASU’s Teach Online site, an array of suggestions for connecting with and supporting students in large online classes.