Building teacher credibility

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Building teacher credibility in higher education is essential for fostering a positive learning environment. In this four-part series, we talk about steps you can take as an instructor to enhance your teacher credibility by establishing trust, demonstrating competence, showing your passion, and awakening your students' learning.

By cultivating trust and respect, educators can empower students to thrive academically and personally.

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Part 1 – Establish trust

This is the first in a series of four blog posts where I’d like to share different areas related to building teacher credibility.

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Part 2 – Demonstrate competence

By leveraging educational tools, implementing strong course design, and fostering communication with students, one can demonstrate competence and ensure a positive learning experience.

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Part 3 - Show your passion

Now that you’re on the road to building that relationship with your students and students recognize that you “know your stuff,” what’s next? Show your passion!

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Part 4 - Awaken your students’ learning

How can you show students you value intellectual curiosity and lifelong learning? This article offers seven strategies to cultivate a love for learning among your students and elevate your credibility as an online instructor.