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Asynchronous discussions are such a great way to get all students involved.  It is important for the instructor to monitor the discussion board regularly to be sure the students are staying engaged.

It is so important for the students to realize there is a REAL person who is their instructor! 

I understand the importance of knowing the various components of the CMS as well as how to navigate it not only from the perspective of the instructor but of the student as well. It is also important for students to feel that their instructor is available whenever they have problems or questions.  

Let the students know a little bit about yourself, let them engage with one  other, be aware of their needs and listening is the key, encourage them to engage in the conversation is important.

It was interesting to learn about the different types of learners, and how their personality type determines how and when they participate. I feel I can incorporate this to my teaching by creating learning outcomes for different types of learners to increase interest, not just a single mode of teaching, such as quizzes, test, discussions, etc. 

I did not know the differences between synchronous and asynchronous was interesting to learn. I particularly was interested to see how a student views a instructor when conducting a course and the behaviors/mannerisms that show when teaching. 

I learned some of the approaches for engaging with a student to build a relationship. These include: sending a welcome message, review biographical data, identity students from a distance, and create a course management system students can engage in. I will incorporate many of these in my class to get students to become actively engaged in class and feel they are a learning participant. 

Properly prepare for your class. keep the students engaged and always know your learners

As an instructor I learned that we have all the same goal in teaching, but take different methods to get there. Familiarizing ourselves with the course, content, and support for students allows them to focus on the tasks given and not have to spend an inordinate amount of time trying to navigate the learning platform . 

I have learned the importance of student biographies aa well as the synchrony and asynchrony components of teaching.  When these components are met, the student are able to communicate effectively in an online course.  

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