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Improving Your Teaching Presence in Distance Learning Courses

April 9, 2007

Students in a distance learning course with a strong instructor presence feel as though the instructor is right there with them, guiding them along the way in a safe environment where they can feel free to share their thoughts, and learn from the instructor and from each other. When there is little instructor presence the course can feel "abandoned" or neglected. If there is too much instructor presence and not enough peer presence the course can feel stifling to students and they may be less willing to share their thoughts and ideas.

Even though the instructor is not physically there, it is possible to increase the sense of "felt presence" in your distance learning course. For more information, visit our new Distance Learning topic on Tips for Improving Your Teaching Presence in Distance Learning Courses.