Humanizing Online Teaching & Learning


Are you looking for the secret sauce for building community and fostering meaningful student-student interactions? Well, you've found it. Research shows that online students are more invested in a class when they have an instructor who cares about their learning success. But conveying your human presence, empathy, and awareness in an online class requires intention and a toolkit of effective practices. In this class, you will be immersed in a supportive online learning community as you develop humanized practices for your online course will lay the foundation for community building and collaboration.

To successfully complete this course, you will need a webcam or smartphone.


Fulfills: This course is part of the Certificate in Online Teaching. It can be taken as a stand alone course, or as part of the certificate.
Duration: 4 weeks
Time Commitment: approximately 10 hours per week, for a total of 40 hours
Level of Difficulty: Intermediate. This course requires creating video content, but the course is designed for those who may be new to video and social presence.


To successfully complete this course, participants will:

  1. Discuss research findings that link a caring instructor to online student success.
  2. Discuss research that links social presence with increased student interactions.
  3. Record a video of themselves with effective lighting and audio.
  4. Create a video for your online class that conveys your instructor and social presence.
  5. Develop a visually-oriented webpage with an embedded, captioned video for your online class.

Optional Continuing Education Credit

Participants in this course can seek optional professional development/continuing education credits by dual-enrolling in TEC 1850 at Fresno Pacific University. A separate fee due to FPU will apply.