Teaching an online course differs in many ways from teaching in a face to face classroom. Communication is critical since students won’t have have the opportunity to meet and interact with the instructor or their classmates in person. Let students know when they can expect a response from you. Instructors do not need to be available 24 hours of the day, 7 days a week, but students should know if they can expect a response within 24 hours, or whatever timeframe works for you. Try to get to know your students and help them to get to know you. Engage with students in the Discussion Boards, via email or other communication tools, and by giving prompt, personalized feedback on assessments. Create a D2L news item each week with a personal story, relevant quote, inspirational video clip, or current event, as well as an overview of the expectations for the week. Check out these resources for more information on facilitating a successful online course.
10 Best Practices for Teaching Online: Quick Guide for New Online Faculty (2011): http://www.designingforlearning.info/services/writing/ecoach/tenbest.html
Applying the Seven Principles for Good Practice to the Online Classroom: http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/applying-the-seven-principles-for-good-practice-to-the-online-classroom/
Online Discussions: Tips and Best Practices: https://anethicalisland.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/online-discussion-tips/
25 Tips for Successful Online Course Facilitation: https://elearningindustry.com/25-tips-for-successful-online-course-facilitation