Building Ethos in Online Courses

Abstract

The article explores the possibilities of employing Aristotelian ethos to describe and put in order some practices and recommendations concerning building online courses. By ethos I understand the teacher’s character and the students’ perception of his/her character. In the case of online courses, this ethos is build simultaneously by a human teacher and by messages sent by a “computer”. I attempt to describe this process, linking particular actions to Aristotelian concepts: areté, phronêsis or eunoia. My aim is both to delineate the process and to draw some practical conclusions as to course building and formulating recommendations for teachers.

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