Whether you are teaching an asynchronous course largely powered by a Course Management System, or incorporating lots of multimedia and synchronous video chats, the first week or so of any online course will be plagued by difficulties with the technology. Students will have trouble navigating the site. The beautiful embedded chat feature won't work.
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