TL;DR: Effective Instructor to Student Communication in Online Courses

Communication in online courses takes on many forms from emails to assignment instructions to assignment feedback to discussion board prompts and responses. Effectively communicating with online students is a key factor in student success. Because most instructors feel the truth of this, some take the more is more approach, creating lengthy instructive emails, assignment packets, and in-depth feedback on assignments. Here are three best practices for communicating with your online students.

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UAB Faculty Academic Resources Fair

This Resource Fair has been created to provide UAB faculty and staff exposure to the many academic resources that are available through the various service-oriented units on campus. Various academic technology vendors will be on-site to showcase their products.

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2019 UA System Scholars Institute: Call for Proposals — Deadline Extended to March 22, 2019

The University of Alabama System invites you to submit a proposal to present at the 2019 UA System Scholars Institute, May 13-14, 2019, at The University of Alabama in Huntsville.

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Quality Matters Rubric Update Deadline Extended

If you haven’t completed the Quality Matters (QM) Rubric Update training yet, we have good news — the deadline for completing the free session is now January 31, 2019. Please note: due to a scheduled upgrade, Moodle (QM’s Learning Management System hosting the Rubric Update training) will be unavailable from Monday, December 24, 2018, until Sunday, January 7, 2019.

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Supporting Rigor, Engagement, and Knowledge Transfer for Diverse Learners

What makes a course hard or rigorous? Is it the length of assignments (cumulative) or type of assignment and assessment? How does student engagement in a digital platform factor into teaching diverse learners? The optimal expectation is for learners to question assumptions and think deeply about the course content and its application. To accomplish this, some instructors may add additional assignments, multiple articles, and links to external web pages to the courses to enhance rigor and student engagement in online classes. But, what does rigor look like for students? What are the iGen’ers and millennials preferred way of engaging in the online environment and how can rigor and engagement be accomplished in Canvas courses with minimal effort?

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