What do you do to make connections with students in the online environment? The theme of instructional presence relates to how we communicate with our students in the oftentimes isolating environment of online learning. What methods can be used to develop individualized connections with students when we convey our instructional presence? What problem solving strategies do we use to effectively convey course content and be supportive of our students to promote a positive learning environment? This session will be focused on the day to day actions we take in providing support to our students by acknowledging prior learning and experience of students, upholding academic standards, addressing and solving concerns through care and considerate communication, while exemplifying a professional tone and encouraging disposition.