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Be Careful in Your Personal Presentation Online
- Dress appropriately for the classroom, as with any professional environment
- Choose a location without distractions. Take particular interest in the noise factor and in what is behind you.
- Avoid a posture that is overly casual. Be framed well. Look at those who are talking.
Be Present and Engaged in Learning
- Avoid activities (such as texting, web searches, checking email) that keep you from being present in the learning experience.
- Be prepared to offer input, including use the “chat” to communicate with the host-teacher.
- Support class protocols for raising your hand to speak.
- In breakout rooms, stay focused on the discussion you’ve been prompted to have.
Be your own Tech Support specialist
- Make sure your camera, video, mic and speakers are working before class starts.
- Have Plan B ready if your internet shuts down or your need to move your audio to your phone.
- Turn off your mic to start. Turn it on when speaking. Turn it off when not speaking.
Be Virtuous in Character and Conversation
- Completely avoid language that is racist, sexist, derogatory, or prideful (Ephesians 4:29)
- Listen carefully to others, seeking to honor their perspectives (Philippians 2:1-4)
- Affirm each other, but don’t be afraid to challenge each other either (Ephesians 4:15)
- Be aware that class sessions may be recorded. If you do not want your comments being recorded, let the professor know.
- Be aware of the diversity in our class.
- Be aware that everyone, including the teacher-host, is learning how to maximize the virtual space for engaged learning.