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Teacher Presence in the Online Environment: Guidance of Best Practice

The interactive forum will share guidance on research recently completed at Ashford University. The purpose of the research was to obtain a best practice view of strategies for establishing exceptional teacher presence in the online classroom, taking into consideration the cultural evolution of online instruction, recent technology developments, a focus on continuous quality improvement, and inspirational instructor creativity used to enhance critical thinking and exceed student learning objectives. Of key interest were inspired interventions on the part of the instructor with the goal of being ‘seen’, and enhancing student success through building more effective and accessible relationships with online students.
Elaine Alden, Ashford University 
Ray Powers, Ashford University
Alan Swank, Ashford University
Dr. Elaine Alden is the Program Chair of Sociology at Ashford University. She obtained her Social Policy Doctorate from the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. She also has an MBA from National University and a BA in Business from Point Loma Nazarene University. For the last 9 years, she has been an active researcher and has taught a diverse range of students at the university level in the UK and US in online, hybrid, and traditional on ground environments.
Dr. Ray Powers is the Department Chair of the Marketing, Strategic Management, Sustainable Enterprise Management, and Service Management at Ashford University. He holds a BS in Business from Arizona State University, an MBA with a specialization in Technology Management, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.
Dr. Alan Swank is the Department Chair of Operations and General Management at Ashford University. He obtained a BA in Management and Organizational Development and an MA in Organizational Management from Spring Arbor University as well as a Doctorate in Organization, Management, and Leadership from Capella University.