You can’t be a cheerleader every moment, but you can present your course so that the material becomes understandable, real, and exciting! Once this happens, students will suddenly take notice because they have discovered that the subject of your course talks to and about them. Here’s how.
Many of these are applicable in any situation where you are teaching somebody something. Be enthusiastic. Be honest. Make it personal. Be humorous.
Essentially, act as a human being with something interesting to teach, rather than as a stern task master. This makes a difference even if the teaching is occurring online.
If people would follow many of these principles, they would not have to worry about laptops in the classroom.