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DELTA Teaching Resources

Communication is key in any course. It is important to establish communication channels with your students from the very beginning.  Set up a communication plan and consider the following tools for implementation. Also remember that  feedback from the instructor can be an effective way to boost student engagement.

Instructor Presence and Communication

5 Tips to Boost Social Presence in an Online Class – When students feel isolated in an online course, they often struggle to succeed. Isolation can be hard on instructors too! This video provides five tips to boost social presence in your online courses.

Creating Student Learning Communities Online – Promote social interaction to engage learners and maximize their online learning experience.

Engagement in Synchronous and Asynchronous Classrooms – Explore ways to increase student engagement in synchronous and asynchronous courses.

Helping Students Get Started in an Online Class – Check out these strategies for communicating and establishing connections with students at the start of a new semester.

Netiquette – or Best Practices for Interaction Online – As more classes move online, having clear netiquette can help foster respectful and clear communication in an online environment.  Learn best practices for creating and establishing netiquette in your online courses.


Providing Effective Feedback – Effective feedback improves students’ learning throughout the learning process.  This resource helps you to explore different options to find the best fit for the instructor or peer feedback for your content.

Rubric Best Practices, Examples, and Templates – Rubrics provide not only explicit assessment instructions and expectations to students but also serve as informative feedback to help students reflect on their learnings.  Refer to rubric best practices, examples, and templates for creating and applying rubrics in your courses.