How to Earn (and Keep) Trust as an eLearning Instructor
It’s difficult to maintain eye contact with your students when you’re online, even supposing that you have two-way cameras. eLearning instructors are restricted in their body language. And the eLearning environment lacks presence - that human element of warmth, physicality, closeness - the intangibles that allow people to bond. This makes it particularly difficult for eLearning instructors to gain the trust of their online students.
So how do we work around that to invite our online students to exist in our presence (a phrase I gratefully attribute to Jen Louden and Michele Lisenbury-Christensen)? Well, here are 4 suggestions.
I have to admit that this is where I have the most difficulty. My background is as an adjunct instructor in the Humanities. I’m accustomed to cycling 250 online students/ year. In that world, I had to segregate my teaching life and my work life and in order to teach, write, and edit simultaneously. As an eLearning instructor, I now have to re-train myself, opening doors into my world of writing and editing to be available to my students outside a set “office hour” mentality.
I also have to adjust my internal clock. In the Humanities a work of art is infinite, and your research can take as many years as you require. The government biologists I work with have a very different understanding of time. Their documents need to go out today, by 5 o’clock. That world is hard for me to comprehend.
So, as usual, my students are teaching me as much as I’m teaching them. Here’s to the lifelong learners among us - may we live long and learn well!
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