ROCKSTAR: Engaging and Communicating with Online Students

Release Date: May. 01, 2017

Presenters: Moderated by Cindy Casteneda, Ph.D, Eastfield College | Denise Griffin, M.H.S., El Centro College, Health Professions | Chaelle Norman, Ph.D, Richland College, Learning Framework and Psychology | Toni M. Schuster, M.F.A, North Lake College, Visual Design for New Media | Shazia Ali, Ph.D, Eastfield College, English and Integrated Learning | Denise Shipley, M.S., Mountain View College, Biology

This course is worth 5 hours (0.5 CEUs) of professional development. A certificate of completion can be printed once the program has been completed.



About this Course

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and frustrated in the online environment – for both students and faculty. However, through much experience and years of research, best practices and innovative techniques can be applied to improve student engagement, pedagogy, and ensure an effective and successful online learning experience. STARLINK teams up with five expert faculty from the Dallas Community Colleges who offer a high-energy discussion of best practices and innovation in online teaching.


Module One:

Set the tone for a successful semester by identifying “WHY” your students are taking your online class, knowing who they are, and communicating with them before the first day of class. In this module, our “Rockstar” faculty panel of experts explore the following topics:

  • “Why” Students Are Taking Classes Online
  • Communication Before the First Day of Class
  • Challenges


Module Two:

Engagement is one of the biggest predictors of completion.  How do we effectively communicate and engage online students?  In this module, our experts discuss:  

  • Engaging Online Students
  • Communicating with Your Online Students
  • Managing Availability


Module Three:

Technology and research continue to abound regarding what works well in online teaching classes, but so does the frustration of finding that perfect pedagogical fit.  In this module, our panel of experts address these issues:

  • Advice to New Online Teachers
  • Rubrics
  • My Most Helpful App
  • Joys of Teaching Online