Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Teacher personality and online courses

Strategies to express teacher personality and presence in an online setting.

In an online setting only setting, students like to know something about the lecturer.

Literature has shown for years value of students expressing personality, more recently likewise the teachers. Issue can be lack of warmth, sense of humour, etc.

Some key ideas
  • Emotions in learning
  • Formal and informal (learning)
  • Cognitive and affective
  • Improved retention
  • Invitational learning

Risks - online learning can be a straight jacket?

Some questions
  • How best to allow people to espress their personality?
  • How does this impact the course climate?
  • The quality of learning?
Raised a lot of questions - not too many concrete answers though a few responses from audience. Audio welcome.

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