When a student first walks into your online "classroom", this is what they see.
Your students don't know where anything is or what is expected of them. There's no instructor or other students to follow. They are lost in this desolate place with no idea what is to come. It is up to the instructor to put "the classroom" in order and make students feel welcome and oriented. This is the first step in online best practices and to establishing an equitable learning experience. You will find there are many ways you are already on the road to creating an equitable online classroom. Online pedagogy/best practices often mirror best practices for creating an equitable classroom. Let's see what we can do to "clean this up".
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