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This paper highlights key online instructional strategies with a focus on integrating the foundations of emotional intelligence as a means toward developing enhanced methods of teaching within the online teaching environment. Various principles of effective online pedagogy are discussed in Pelz's 2004 work. One key principle is the importance of striving for presence within the online teaching environment. Such presence includes affective, interactive, and cohesive presence. Pelz further explains that the affective presence of the online teacher includes the expression of emotions, feelings, and moods. Drawing primarily from Daniel Goleman's 1995 work on emotional intelligence, the present research seeks to overlay theories of emotional intelligence with principals of online teaching.
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