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How can I start building a Social Presence in my course(s) to promote student engagement?
The following are ideas to improve and promote Asynchronous student engagement.
Building a Social Presence in Your Course
Reports on Building an Online Community
- Best practices for building a sense of community in the UIC remote classroom from Provost’s Task Force for Fall 2020 PlanningSubcommittee #3-Student Perspectives:
- Show kindness and compassion
- Stay organized in course structure and delivery
- Communicate clearly and warmly
- Team up!
- Send weekly emails to the entire class using announcements in Blackboard
- Create a video introduction of the course, introduce the instructor(s), TA’s, etc., and review the syllabus using video tools such as VoiceThread.
- Complete a bio for each instructor in the course along with contact information.
- Host open office hours for 1 hour each week using Web Conferencing Tools and invite students to sign up for an office hour meeting. If teaching a larger class, consider meeting with multiple students at the same time.
- Use Discussions and Reflection prompts
- Assignment 1: Ask students to read and comment on the syllabus. After reading the syllabus, students write a blog post to reflect: After reviewing the syllabus, What do you hope to learn in this course? What are some concerns you have about this course?
- Weekly “pulse check” assignments – how are students feeling?
- Poll students during your live sessions using Blackboard Collaborate or Zoom.
- Create weekly discussion forums that are informal and designed to elicit what is inspiring and challenging the students.