Instructional Practices: Communications

Maintaining open and clear channels of communication is an essential element of successful course delivery. It arguably becomes even more important in online and hybrid instruction. Without the customary follow-up questions, clarifications, and reminders that are occur regularly as part of an in-person class dialogue, there is greater potential for uncertainty or confusion among students. Additionally, classmates cannot easily confer with each other as they would in the same physical space, and thus lose that benefit of collaborative learning. This can often lead to a cumbersome and inefficient email back-and-forth between the instructor and both individual members or the whole class.

The following instructional practices apply to any type of course delivery, but can be particularly helpful in an online environment, which relies heavily on digital learning tools. Feel free to download the graphic as a handy reference.

Communications tips

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