Hello online faculty at the Venice Beach College,
Greetings and welcome to the Online Faculty Training program at Venice Beach College. My name is Silvia Neves, I am an instructional designer working to create inspiring experiences for new and seasoned online instructors.
I am the facilitator of the first course in the program. The topic of this course is Humanizing Online Instruction. In this course we will work together to develop your skills in creating online courses that promote an engaging online community. I’m excited to be leading you in this course where we will think of ways to bring the Human element to online instruction.
I started teaching online in 2008. In the beginning, it was a difficult experience to find ways to communicate with my students. I didn’t know how to manage my presence in the online course. I also struggled to find ways to motivate students who were not participating in the course.
I realized that first of all I had to find ways to communicate with the students in a more efficient way. My students need to feel that I am present online, and that I want them to learn how to make the online course a successful and positive learning experience. They will understand that I was expecting them to get engaged in their online education.
My questions about how to communicate with students evolved into ideas about student engagement. And thanks to the work of some magnificent colleagues, we are now thinking about ways of Humanizing Online Instruction. How to construct an online community in your course that promotes participation, engagement, and learning.