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Making Authentic Connections in Online Courses

Screenshot of two people talking in different online windows: one woman in red with large glasses with the captionKelly Keane and one man in a white shirt with glasses and the caption Patrick Dempsey.

The Office of Digital Teaching and Learning (ODTL) has a Faculty Spotlight Video Series in which Dr. Patrick Dempsey, Director of ODTL talks to faculty about solutions to digital teaching problems. In this video, Dr. Kelly Keane, Assistant Teaching Professor and Director of the Educational Technology Program talks about four strategies for making authentic connections with students in online courses.

Here is a summary of the four tips, but you watch the video to understand how they work:

  1. Gather input from students on personal learning preferences.
  2. Provide individual compliments for each student.
  3. Provide video feedback.
  4. Go old school and make a phone call.

For more tips from faculty about digital teaching, check out the complete Faculty Spotlight Video Series.

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