“Distance learner instructors should also facilitate conversations among the students and take time to get to know students. It is also important to mentioned great teachers are lifelong learners and they can model learning for their students in a variety of ways in the online classroom….” This is a great observation. Online discussions can be very rich. They can, however, also really languish.
Class, what is the role of the online faculty member in assisting with “rich online discussion”?