Well-designed interactions can come in a number of different forms. The key is to have students interested and active in these interactions. The items in this section are a few of the more basic, yet essential tools for communicating with students.
Instructions and Video Tutorials
The attached Student Engagement Guide (MS Word) speaks to these tools followed by video tutorials to create and use them.
- Blackboard Basics - videos created by Blackboard Inc.
- Student Interactions - Check out this blog post
- Online Learning Resources - A timely blog post with resources for course redesign
- Social Presence in Online Distance Education - Article
Additional resources for ideas to engage with your online students
Reach out individually to each student at the beginning of the semester. This doesn't guarantee that all students will, in turn reach out to you when they have a question or need help, but I've found it to be the most "bang for your buck" strategy in terms of facilitating communication.