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Supporting Online Students: Why Teaching with Empathy Matters

March 25, 2021

The importance of empathetic teaching in an online environment cannot be understated. Students appreciate when instructors show concern for what is happening in their lives, and having an instructor with a teaching approach that focuses on empathy helps them navigate anxiety or uncertainty.

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Taking Action: A Fight for Mental Health

February 11, 2021

Consider what your role might be as a mental health advocate; someone who gives a voice to the problems and potential solutions related to mental health and mental health awareness. To advocate means more than just giving voice; it means to fight.

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Tips for Being the Best Online Instructor

September 10, 2020

The best online instructor lets go of their ego to allow learning which benefits both them and their students. Dr. Thomas MacCarty offers his tips to be a better online instructor by letting go of ego and embracing an approach that best serves learners.