We are hard-wired toward faces. So what does that mean for online instruction?

We are hard-wired toward faces. How should that inform our pedagogy when designing online courses?

Reported by EdSurge, researchers at UC Santa Barbara are testing the theory of embodied instruction, which suggests that students rely on the instructor’s body for cues on where and what to focus their attention. But can the professor also distract attention away from the learning as well?

While students have reported higher engagement when the instructor looked at the camera than when they didn’t, the researchers claim this is a complicated problem that requires more research.

The takeaway? We’ve just started figuring out what highly engaging and effective online instruction should look like. Let’s keep learning.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.