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An Online Teaching Tip: Excerpt from The Online Teaching Survival Guide: Simple and Practical Pedagogical Tips

By Judith V. Boettcher and Rita-Marie Conrad

This best practice cannot be overemphasized. It clarifies, specifies expectations, and reduces uncertainty. Develop and post prominently on your course site a set of explicit expectations for how students are expected to communicate online and how you expect them to communicate with you. For example, some faculty have a rule that they do not answer content-focused e-mails. This is a good practice because content-focused queries belong in one of the many public spaces of the course site. Queries and responses posted in open course spaces benefit all the learners, as students see both the questions and the responses, and you can develop expectations that students can answer each other’s questions. Of course, e-mail remains a good choice for personal and confidential communications.

Continued at: http://www.onlineteachingandlearning.com/tips-for-developing-expectations/

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