Communication Tips for Online Learning

If you have received communication from your professors asking you to connect or contact them, they really mean it and they really mean YOU. Please respond to them as soon as you can!

Communication skills are vital in online learning because you must seek help when you need it. Faculty are willing to help, but they are unable to pick up on non-verbal cues they usually use in face-to-face courses.

  • Determine how your professor would like you to communicate questions. Some prefer e-mail, discussion groups, chat room office hours, or Zoom meetings.
  • If your teacher is offering online office hours, use them, especially since we aren’t offering the peer tutoring services we can offer in person.
  • Check your Moodle Account Notification Preferences. You may want to adjust to be more frequent and/or include email and app notifications.
  • Use professional language in communications. Before sending messages, take a moment to reread your communications to ensure they convey respect and courtesy.