For all its benefits, online learning can also be an isolating experience for students. This is especially true for asynchronous courses because there’s no opportunity for real-time conversations. The instructor posts an announcement about a discussion topic, or shares video lectures, and students access this information when they find the time to do so. This back and forth discussion could alienate students.If you’re looking to make the most of your online course, regular interaction with the instructor is absolutely essential. Here’s how you can do it:
1. Meet Them During The Office Hours:Most online courses have set office hours. You can meet instructors virtually once every week, or by appointment. Some instructors prefer to interact via Skype, Google Hangouts, or other conferencing tools. Video chat, texting, voice mails, etc. are often used to communicate with instructors. You can use this opportunity to ask questions, clarify doubts about assignments, and develop a positive relationship with instructors.
2. Synchronous Online MeetingsInstructors often arrange synchronous online meetings with students and instructors. Issues discussed in these meetings are meant to be used for online discussions and group projects. You can interact with fellow students and the instructor to ensure a productive learning experience. But instructors often set up ground rules for the meeting. For example, text language must be avoided, and students must be careful enough to read everyone’s comments before making your point.
3. Use Social Media
Online students can interact with their instructors on social media channels like LinkedIn and Facebook. But remember to keep the tone formal and to the point.