Judith Bowman of Oxford Univeristy Press discusses her epiphany on “the human touch” element of online learning when she heard a student voice a complaint that if the online course that the student took had a face-to-face teacher, they would have done better in the article “In person online: the human touch”. This student’s statement made Judith realize that personal touches of adding presence in an online course aid in engaging students in an online environment for a more face-to-face instruction quality. Suggested methods of creating and maintaining presence inĀ  an online course include video-enabled chat, an instructor introduction message, and conversational tone in items like agendas and discussion posts .

To read the full article on OUPblog’s site, click here: http://blog.oup.com/2014/10/music-education-online-in-person/

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