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Don’t Let Your ‘about me’ Intro Keep Blocking Student Engagement

8 June 2022
Recording of Zoom Webinar

She’s back! Due to popular demand, Dr Deniese Cox continues to offer her insights gleaned from real research of online students.

Did you know that your ‘about me’ intro or bio is one of the very first things your online students go looking for? Yet students report that most intros are actually blocking their engagement!

Learn how to fix yours now in this Interactive 90-minute webinar!

Please note: This second session in our Online Presence program has now occurred. However you can still purchase the recording independently or as part of the bundle until Friday 10th June, 2022.


It makes sense that those all-important first impressions affect online student drop-out rates and willingness-to-engage ratios. That’s why quickly gaining the trust and engagement of our students is critical when teaching online.

So, where do students go to get that first impression?  Your teacher bio or introduction page!

Regardless of how your program is being taught, those intros or ‘about me’ descriptions really do matter more than you think. Yet Deniese’s research found that many students believe those teacher bios are actively blocking engagement! As a result, you’re missing a key opportunity to build trust and engagement – the two things that are absolutely critical in online education.

Don’t worry!  Deniese has worked with a communications expert to design, test and refine the perfect formula for developing your self-introduction.

In this highly interactive, hands-on webinar, 90-minute webinar, you’ll be walked step-by-step through the process of writing your self-introduction. You'll be guided through developing key words and phrases that are specific to you and your context, but that are framed specifically to capture student attention and trust.

The accompanying workbook includes detailed templates and examples for ongoing use (plus a feature link to bonus content about how to take effective notes).

Dr Deniese Cox has designed 2x Online Presence webinars taking place this May. Choose the one that suits you best or bundle both to save.

Click here for more information on Yes, You too can Green Screen!

Key topics covered in this webinar 

  • Learn the detailed framework
  • Be guided step-by-step through each element
  • Get feedback on your draft elements
  • See real world examples
  • Interactive Q&A throughout

NB. Can't make the session?

We send out all electronic resources to registrants within 48 hours of the session closure. All Velg Training Webinars are scheduled in AEST (QLD time) - please check your timezone before logging onto the online training session.

Date & Time

11 May 2022

8 June 2022
11:00am - 12.30pm (AEST: QLD)

Other timezones:
11:00am - 12:30pm (AEST: NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS)
10:30am - 12:00pm (ACST: SA)
10:30am - 12:00pm (ACST: NT)
9:00am - 10:30am (AWST: WA)

Who should attend

Anyone looking to improve their online delivery methods: 

  • Trainers 
  • Assessors 
  • Curriculum Developers 
  • Training Mangers

What to expect

Presented by Dr Deniese Cox, you will be provided with the following resources after the event:

  • Recording of the webinar (three months access)
  • Additional electronic resources
  • Electronic Statement of Attendance


Dr Deniese Cox, Founder


Deniese is known as the go-to source for exceptional online teaching strategies that really are effective. Every research-driven strategy presented by Deniese in her PD has been extensively trialled, refined, and proven to work in a variety of VET settings by diverse educators and learners. 

With extensive hands-on experience of her own in the online space, a Masters in online learning, and a PhD in online VET, Deniese is ideally placed to help all educators and teams cut through the noise around teaching online. 

Her ongoing research is what enables Deniese to continuously bring you the latest insights, and her commitment to developing practical strategies is what makes her PD really stand out. Deniese is consistently one of our highest rated presenters, so don’t miss this opportunity to spend an hour with her live online. 

Opportunities to interact

  • Use a microphone to speak with trainer/attendees (Not available in all Webinars)
  • Raise your 'virtual hand' to engage in discussion
  • Share your thoughts via online chat window
  • Answer online polls that provide instant group feedback

NB. If you would like to send chat questions to the presenter Dr Deniese Cox before the session, please email

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