In this discussion, you should focus on what makes an effective online teaching and learning environment and consider the issues of teaching presence and class community in an online course.
It is recommended that you bring your thoughts on the course materials and resources for Module 3 into this discussion. Remember you can and should return to this forum at a later time to interact and discuss the concepts with your peers and other online practitioners.
(Discussion Hints: How do the exemplary instructors in the courses that posted for audio and video "observation" demonstrate "teaching presence," and how do they cultivate class community in their courses? How do you and your students demonstrate "teaching presence" in your face-to-face (f2f) classroom? How do you and your students cultivate a sense of class community in your f2f classroom?)
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How do the exemplary instructors in the courses that posted for audio and video "observation" demonstrate "teaching presence," and how do they cultivate class community in their courses?
I keep coming back to Bill Pelz with student-led discussions. Clearly there is teaching presence there. Students get to facilitate the discussion while posting to the points made by others. Great way to show teaching presence. I think his example is an excellent way to create teachable moments in the online classroom. Surely the instructor has to be involved and maybe troubleshoot some learning if someone posts something that is outright not in harmony with the material presented in the source for the discussion. But it is a great example.
How do you and your students demonstrate "teaching presence" in your face-to-face (f2f) classroom?
Face to face, this kind of happens organically unless the course is a, "I talk, you listen" course. We naturally talk to each other, I go to the spaces where they are working and sit next to them while they work and pose questions. They get up and go across the room to assist another student who might be having a hard time with something. It just happens especially in a lab environment. It is OK for the instructor to present material in the form of a lecture but perhaps it is good to assign a student-led discussion using the LMS and then use face to face time to expand on specific posts in that discussion. Ask students to explain their post in class.