PD Playbook: How To Connect with Online Students (August 2022)

In order to build connections in a virtual setting, instructors need to establish a “teacher-presence.” Researchers Stone and Springer describe teacher-presence as the idea that students understand a teacher is caring and attentive to their needs, responds in a variety of ways unique to the virtual environment, and devotes the time needed to develop and maintain strong relationships (2015). This collection of resources features a variety of professional learning resources designed to help educators build and maintain a strong teacher-presence that fosters connections with students. Consider exploring these on your own, with your team, or with your professional learning community.