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Dan Thompson

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Dan Thompson, BS, MS, is an instructional designer and educational technologist. Dan currently holds a position as Marketing Manager at DaVinci Education. His areas of professional interest include formative assessment & feedback, interactive teaching methods, and the creation of asynchronous learning experiences. Dan can be followed on Twitter or LinkedIn, or contacted via email.

Simple Steps to Making Communication a Strength of Your Online Course

Whether through an official faculty development training or informal feedback from a colleague, you have probably been told about the importance of communication in health professions education more times than you can count. Given the current, and likely future, emphasis on online learning, communication with students is more important than ever before. But what exactly is meant by “communication” and, more importantly, how do we use it to positively influence student learning in an online environment? Let’s take a look at the different types of communication needed in online learning and how to make it an asset in your program:

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