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How to Improve Your Online Teaching With Instructor Presence

Total Credits: .1 including 0.1 CEUs

Dr. Marla Cartwright
1 Hour
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Mar 28, 2024


Are you looking for ways to increase student engagement in your online class but feel like you don’t have the time, energy, or motivation to revise the entire course? Well, there’s good news! Through Instructor Presence (IP)—the process of creating an online learning community through applications of teaching, social, and cognitive presence techniques—you can revitalize your online courses, energize your connections to students, and create a warm, friendly classroom environment primed for student success. Learn with us and leave with strategies you can implement today!

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  •  Identify how IP impacts student performance.
  • Adapt at least one current classroom activity to increase IP.
  • Create at least one new classroom activity that can increase IP.

Certificate, Digital Badge, and CEU

Learners will have the option to earn a certificate of attendance or a certificate with Continuing Education Units (CEU) upon completion of the webinar. To earn a certificate with CEUs, the learner must successfully pass the learning assessment with a score of 80% or higher. All learners must complete the post-event evaluation to earn credentials. 

The duration of this webinar is one hour, which is equal to 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). 



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Columbia State Community College

Dr. Marla Cartwright's career in higher education spans over 30 years, where she has served as English department faculty member, writing center director, Center for Teaching and Learning director, composition department assistant chair, and chair of learning support for a range of institutions including public 4-year, public 2-year, and for-profit 4-year colleges. She has extensive experience in online teaching and course development with research interests in concepts of Sense of Community and Instructor Presence in the online classroom, including Tennessee Board of Regents Student Engagement, Retention, and Success grant work within these areas. In addition, she has extensive experience presenting on-ground and online, including presenting for the American Association of Community Colleges, the Online Learning Consortium, the Higher Learning Commission, the League for Innovations Conference, the TBR, and the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development. Currently, Marla is the Dean of Academic Engagement & Innovation, managing distance education, media services, two tutoring centers and the Center for Teaching and Learning.