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Resources for Teaching Online

Humanizing Online Teaching

One of the biggest misnomers is that online instruction is simply a matter of transferring traditional face-to-face (F2F) content and placing it in an electronic format.

What tends to get lost is the human connection that is essential to our learning experiences.  As social creatures, we crave some level of interaction with one another. This interaction isn't just the physical presence of others, it is the emotional connection we feel when we share an experience.
For many students and instructors, this is an area of struggle in shifting from F2F to online instruction.  The following 
module will provide you with guidance and resources for adding a human connection to your online classroom:
Humanizing Online Teaching 

Ebooks and articles available online through the Library:

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Barnes, S. B., & Ebook Central - Academic Complete (2013). Socializing the Classroom: Social Networks and Online Learning. Lanham: Lexington Books.

Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm), Films Media Group, & TED Conferences LLC (2012). TEDTalks: Daphne Koller - What We're Learning From Online Education. New York, N.Y: Films Media Group.

Hoffman, S. J., & Ebook Central - Academic Complete (2011). Teaching the Humanities Online: A Practical Guide to the Virtual Classroom. Armonk, N.Y: M.E. Sharpe.

Howard, J. R., & Ebook Central - Academic Complete (2015). Discussion in the College Classroom: Getting Your Students Engaged and Participating in Person and Online. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, A Wiley Brand.

Shnaikat, K., & AlQudah, A. A. (2015). High-Tech Human-Touch for Online Courses: Rules and Principles for Humanizing Your Online CourseEuropean Scientific Journal, 11(16), 114 - 133.

Skrabut, S. A. (2018). Creating Online Learning Experiences: A Brief Guide to Online Courses, From Small and Private to Massive and OpenQuarterly Review of Distance Education, 19(4), 79 - 82.

West, R., Jay, J., Armstrong, M., & Borup, J. (2017). 'Picturing Them Right in Front of Me': Guidelines for Implementing Video Communication in Online and Blended LearningTechTrends: Linking Research & Practice to Improve Learning, 61(5), 461 - 469.