"I've been teaching online courses as an adjunct throughout my graduate career. In every class I incorporate an aspect of virtual technology because I believe that it's important that students be introduced to new and emerging technologies and so that they learn HOW to learn new technologies! I've created several orientations for students and have given them tools that they need based on their fields of study. Virtual technology gives the online student an opportunity to meet with their peers and their instructor synchronously. It also helps them feel more comfortable and invested in the material, the instructor, each other and, as importantly, the institution. All of these aspects have been shown to improve retention."