Your presence in your online course is a huge contributing factor to student engagement and success. You can demonstrate your presence in a variety of ways — from creating short, customized videos to sharing your interest in the course content with students. In many cases, merely being responsive and moderately active in discussion forums is enough. How can we build trust with students through our communications, feedback and activity in our course?

Read + Discuss

Check out and participate in the discussion on our #readinggroup channel in Slack. What questions do these raise for you? Did anything surprise you or seem useful? Or is all of this old hat?

Join the discussion anytime. This week’s live chat will be on Monday at 8:30PM in the #live-chat channel in Slack.

Case Study

Check out this week’s case study and share your thoughts on our #case-study channel in Slack.

Build Something:

NOTE that all builds should now be created inside your LMS or course website of choice!

OPTION 1: Craft an instructor page in in your LMS or course website. Please include an image that represents you as well as some version of your communication policy: how, when and where are you available to work with students? Will you hold virtual office hours for your course? How can a student contact you? When should they expect to hear back?

OPTION 2: Create a video for your course. Possibilities include an introduction video or a video focusing on content that features your presence. For those of you interested in using the video studio, we have scheduled two drop-in times to come and check it out and possibly create a video. The studio is located in Rasmuson Library room 375a. See this studio introduction video to see the studio’s capabilities.

  • Friday at 1PM
  • Monday at 10AM

Examples of Instructor Introduction Videos:

This is a playlist of introduction videos from instructors across UAF. To browse the whole list, go here.


  1. Submit your build and self-report your progress for the week using this form.
  2. Share a link to your build in the #builds channel in Slack (optional).
  3. (Optional) If you created a video, publish it to UAF Kaltura MediaSpace or YouTube and share.