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Building Relationships With Online Students

In online school settings, the online teacher and student are separated from one another by distance and often by time, so knowing and understanding online students is an important factor in building teacher-student relationships.1 Research suggests that online students are successful if they respond to three different types of learner interactions: learner-to-content (appropriateness of the course material and delivery), learner-to-instructor (access and support), and learner-to-learner (procedures for dialogue). Watson et al. (2014) noted that practical consideration of the role of a teacher in an online classroom similar to those of traditional face-to-face classroom is important to ensure student success.


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