Inviting Students In: The Art of Hospitality in Online Classrooms
As instructors, we learn a lot about our students by their physical presence in a face-to-face course, from their dress to their demeanor. Students also learn a lot about us this way. But that information is lost in an online class. Thus, it is important to invite students in to online classes right at the beginning to foster a learning environment. Here are some strategies that I have found to work.