Humanizing Online Teaching & Learning

You must be an employee of a California Community College to enroll in this course.

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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 and this relationship is even more important for underserved students. 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 that will lay an inclusive foundation for community building and collaboration.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • a webcam or smartphone
  • a YouTube account for hosting and captioning videos you create in the course (videos may be published as Unlisted or Public - your choice!)
  • a free Adobe account to use Adobe Spark Video


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 Graduate-Level University Credit

Participants in this course can seek optional graduate-level university credits by dual-enrolling in TEC 1850 at Fresno Pacific University. A separate fee due to FPU will apply.

Registration Tutorials

catalog tutorial

First time attendee registration tutorial

Returning attendee registration tutorial

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Fresno Pacific University (FPU) Course Credit

Graduate-level university credit (optional) is available for @ONE courses for a fee. Please see our Graduate Education Units page for more information.

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