Building Instructional Immediacy in the Online Classroom

As colleges rapidly deployed online instruction in the wake of the pandemic, instructors struggled to connect meaningfully with students. Traditional methods of instruction, we learned, are not always transferable to the online classroom. Immediacy, however, is one approach that works well in-person and online. Immediacy is about shortening the distance between teacher and student through clear communication, approachability, and a sense of community. Participants learn how to build authenticity in the digital classroom with instructional immediacy.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Participants learn six ways to create an online class that fosters instructional immediacy.
  2. Participants evaluate what is working in their online courses and what is not.
  3. Participants develop strategies to work with their IT department and/or instructional designer to create effective tools and technology to foster immediacy.

Lisa M. Russell is a writer, writing instructor, and an academic assistant dean. She writes micro-history books about “lost things.” She supports regional historical societies. Lisa was the expert on a spin-off of Discovery channel’s Expedition Unknown. She made guest appearances on several local television shows, radio programs, and podcasts. Russell earned a Master of Arts degree in professional writing from Kennesaw State University. The MAPW awarded Lisa the 2020 Distinguished Alumnus Award. Lisa teaches English full-time at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, where she serves as the assistant dean of dual enrollment. She is a part-time professor of communication at Kennesaw State University. In her “spare-time,” you can find Lisa exploring North Georgia with a micro-historic lens to discover her next “lost” story.

Please Note:

Only those attending the LIVE webinar will receive a certificate of attendance. Thank you!