Online learning can be a lonely journey. It is important for your learners to feel like they belong to something. Get to know your learner from the outset, and make your online learning experience about community building. Make the learning a human experience. 
Have a Visible Presence
Your learners need to be taught, and they need to feel like you care. Make yourself available to your learners, and be VISIBLE! Your learners are more likely to engage in their learning if they know you are there to help them on their journey. 
Be Aware of Balance
Teacher presence is part of the balance equation. In addition, it is important to balance this with cognitive and social factors to develop a deep and meaningful educational experience.
Set Clear Expectations and Objectives
Now that you have set up and engaged with your community, because you are not physically there with your learners, you need to make expectations are clear, easy to follow, and promote engaged learning.
Scaffold for Success
At each step of the online learning journey, break things down into manageable chunks for your learner, and provide supports each step of the way.
Fulfilled learners, and a vibrant online learning community!
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