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Instructor presence: How to engage students through building an authentic “voice” in online learning

Session Overview

This video was part of the July 2020 REMOTE: The Connected Faculty Summit

Online instruction can and should be a highly engaging modality for instructors and students. Instructor presence is essential to the digital classroom and allows you the instructor to share your voice and experience. We know that instructor presence can contribute to student motivation and ultimately to course success (Garrison, 2007; Anderson & Elloumi, 2004; Shea, Pickett & Pelz, 2003). How do you build and implement these powerful interactions? Intentional presence should consist of three dimensions – persona, community, and instruction. The session will cover thoughtful strategies that support these three dimensions and ensures effective instructor immediacy is integrated into your online courses.


Shannon McCarty

Vice President, Teaching and Learning, National University
Shannon McCarty is the Vice President of Teaching and Learning at National University. She oversees the online operations and adjunct support services in her current role. Shannon has been in education for over 25 years. A personal initiative and passion for Shannon is instructor immediacy to promote student success. She enjoys teaching and supporting adult students as they realize their life long dreams. She brings enthusiasm to the learning experience. She holds a BA in Biology from the University of Arizona, an MA in Educational Leadership from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in Professional Studies from Capella University.