Issue 7 | Online Persona | 

Tips, Tricks, and Teaching Hacks You Can Use Right Now


Encourage An Instructor Presence To Enhance Interactions With Students

(from University of Florida's CITT)
File Under: Foundational Practice

How do you guide your faculty in developing their online teaching persona to enhance instructor presence in the online classroom?

Resource: Which Indicators of Instructor Presence are Important to Students?

Usage Suggestions

  • Share the incentives of instructor presence in the online classroom

  • Encourage an instructor presence to enhance interactions with students

  • Help faculty define a persona to build 'swift trust' with students

  • Instill that online personas express authority, routine and compassion


Beyond Grading: Becoming Present in an Online Course

(from Arizona State University)
File Under: Foundational Practice

How might you improve your online presence and communicate your online teaching persona?

Resource: How Important Is Instructor Presence in an Online Course?

Usage Suggestions

  • Provide prompt feedback which is valued by students

  • Create short video segments to accompany new modules
  • Use yout LMS tool(s) as simple as adding a profile image to deliver instructor presence

  • Use humor (in the right context) to inject the classroom with laughter

Dig Deeper


Instructor Presence in Online Courses and Student Satisfaction from the International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
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A study of instructor persona in the online environment, Dissertation study on the Online Teaching Persona: Phillips, W. O. (2008).
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Announcing and Performance Instructor Introduction Video from UCF Professor Katidia Coronado
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Meyerson, D., Weick, K., & Kramer, R. (1996). Swift Trust and Temporary Groups, In Kramer, R., & Tyler, T. (Eds.), Trust in organizations: Frontiers of theory and research (pp. 166-195). Thousand Oaks, CA, US: Sage Publications, Inc.
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Garrison, D. R., T. Anderson and W. Archer (2000) Critical Inquiry in a Text-Based Environment: Computer Conferencing in Higher Education. The Internet and Higher Education 2(2-3), 87–105.
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Chickering, A. W., & Gamson, Z. F. (1987). Seven principles for good practice in undergraduate education. AAHE Bulletin, 39(7), 3-7.


Arizona State University.  (2014, October). How Important Is Instructor Presence in an Online Course? Retrieved from

The University of Florida's CITT. (2015, December). Being There: Instructor Presence in Online Courses. [Web log]. Retrieved from

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