Reflect: Take a moment and return to the resources provided in this section of the Communicate skill and the ongoing exploration of communication practices in the online environment.
Answer: How do communication practices in the online environment correlate to effective feedback? Why is authentic feedback important for online learners? In what ways might an instructor enrich a student’s online experience through feedback?
Authentic feedback and communication are important to online learners because you do not get to see these students face-to-face on a daily basis. With in class students you can hold “conferences” to have an open dialogue with students; however, the online learner does not get this, but can get something similar when the online teacher has great communication and quick feedback on assignments. An instructor can enrich a student’s online experience with great communication and feedback by giving the student the feeling of being in a classroom; being listened to- having that one-on-one communication.