Professional Development Training

Are You Available? Social Presence in Online Courses



Allegra Davis Hanna

Start Date: 

November 8, 2018, 2:30 pm

End Date: 

November 8, 2018, 3:30 pm


Bradford 306: The Center for Teaching Excellence

Learning Objectives: 

Presented by the NC Community College Distance Learning Association, and facilitated by Allegra Davis Hanna is a founding faculty member of Texas’s first online community college campus, and serves as an online English instructor and as Department Chair of Humanities.

Online faculty know about the importance of instructor presence in an online course. In this session, we will build on that knowledge by discussing the importance of social presence – letting students know you’re a real person, and letting students relate to each other as real people. We will go through creative and engaging strategies for use in online classes, including webinars, podcasts, the use of videos and images, and ways to create a personal presence in an online space. Attendees will have the opportunity to see live classes that use these strategies, and also to share their own ideas for increasing instructor and social presence in online classes. Technical information, like what equipment and software you’d need to launch similar initiatives will also be provided.