I Gave Him My Number. Will He Call?
by Jodi Menees
I have a friend who teaches online at over 10 institutions and I was shocked when she told me that she does not give out her phone number and does not think online students need access to their instructors that way. I have never thought twice about giving out my phone number. Sometimes, a quick 60 seconds on the phone can save countless emails and posts to clear up an assignment or grade issue. We all try to communicate very well through written words online, however, sometimes communication breaks down due to many factors. Yes, I have my phone number in the classroom, on my signature line for my posts and in my email signature line.
The big question is which phone number should we give out? I actually still have a land line at home-I know, shocking. I rarely use it anymore, but when I do, it is for friends and family. I would feel it is a violation of my personal space to give my home phone number out to students. I took the stance during my first online class that I would give out my cell phone number. There were many advantages to
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