In an online classroom environment, learning materials are often publisher-generated and instructor visibility can be perceived as low by students. A strong instructor presence is important because it improves student affective learning, cognition, and motivation (Baker, 2010). This presentation will discuss how online faculty can integrate instructor-generated materials, strengthening their presence while increasing student engagement and understanding.
A study conducted by Jennifer S. Hegeman found that integrating instructor-generated learning aids “not only placed a greater emphasis on conceptual understanding, but also positioned the course instructor prominently in the role of content provider, enhancing the course instructor’s teaching presence in the online environment” (Hegeman, 2015, p. 84 ). Therefore, best practices will be identified, such as chunking information, providing assignment support, providing an opportunity for students to ask questions, and being a part of the dialogue throughout the course. The use of tools such as Blackboard Collaborate, Screencastify, Flipgrid, Perusall, and podcasting will also be addressed.