Send a welcome message and relevant materials prior to class

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Send a welcome message with relevant materials prior to class

Welcoming students prior to the first class and sending materials they need to successfully begin their class establishes positive teaching and social presence from the start of your course. One of the best ways to get an online course off on the right foot is to establish your social presence with a personalized video or message.

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Develop an online orientation module

Students taking online courses often underestimate the time and effort required to succeed in this format (Bawa, 2016). Therefore, the purpose of an orientation module is to make sure that students understand how to be successful online, how to use the different features of the course, and how to meet course expectations. Create a video that takes students on a tour of their course.

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