Having a social presence in your unit through different communication channels means that you can introduce yourself and also clearly articulate your expectations of students during the course of the unit.
- their behaviour
- the standard and format of work they need to complete.
- how and when you will participate online
- response times for feedback on their questions and assessment
- your preferred means of communication.
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