For Thursday’s assignment this week, I want you to look up some of the research in this area – you can search in the library databases or Google scholar, for example – and see what people are finding in their classrooms. Journals are also dedicated to this topic such as Distance Education, Computers and Composition, and Innovative Higher Education.
Try these links as a starting point:
Then, consider how you prefer to communicate as both a teacher and student. There are many ways to communicate with students (in both online and blended/hybrid courses) and many ways for students to communicate with one another, so what do you think is the best approach? What is a policy you can adopt as a teacher in terms of correspondence? Think about methods of communication and how often you are willing to use them, particularly for students who need additional help.
Before midnight on Thursday, respond to this post and any replies ahead of you in the Comments.
Methods of communication to consider: Blackboard (discussion forums and Virtual Office Hours/Classroom), Skype, Google Hangout, Adobe Connect, email, text, and Twitter