Building Community in Online Learning Classes

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Building Community in Online Learning Classes

  1. Facilitating a Sense ofCommunity in Online andBlended LearningEnvironments
  2. Communication leads to community, that is, tounderstanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.Rollo May
  3. Students in educational environments with a strongsense of community are more likely to. . .
  4. Solomon, Battistich, Watson, Schaps, & Lewis, 2000 in Schaps Creating a School Communityhttp://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/mar03/vol60/num06/Creating-a-School-Community.aspx. . . be academically motivated.
  5. Solomon, Battistich, Watson, Schaps, & Lewis, 2000 in Snaps Creating a School Communityhttp://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/mar03/vol60/num06/Creating-a-School-Community.asp. . . develop social and emotional competencies.
  6. . . . act ethically and altruisticallySchaps, Battistich, & Solomon, 1997 in Schaps Creating a School Communityhttp://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/mar03/vol60/num06/Creating-a-School-Com
  7. Community-building should be emphasized notjust for the sense of togetherness it providesstudents, but because it also helps keep thestudents in the class, promotes full engagement inthe class activities, facilitates effectivecollaborative learning, and encourages continuedcommunication after the course or program iscomplete.Brown, R. E. (2001). The process of community-building in distance learning classes. Journal of Asynchronous LearningNetworks, 5(2), 18-35.
  8. Vesely, P., Bloom, L. & Sherlock, J. (2007). Key Elements of Building Online Community: Comparing Faculty and StudentPerceptions. Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 3, (3). Retrived from http://jolt.merlot.org/vol3no3/vesely.htm.
  9. Brown, R. (2001). The Process of Community Building in a Distance Learning ClassesThe development of communityshould be an intentional goal whendesigning class activities.
  10. Research suggests that a senseof community can beencouraged through . . .
  11. emphasizing common purposes and ideals
  12. commonality is the essence of communityBrown, R. (2001). The Process of Community Building in a Distance Learning Classes
  13. Brown, R. (2001). The Process of Community Building in a Distance Learning ClassesGetting to “know” each other. Finding out where people lived,what they did, their experiences, whether or not they hadfamilies and the like was the “X” factor. Participants generallyagreed that this should have been a first step in community-building.commonality is the essence of community
  14. Brown, R. (2001). The Process of Community Building in a Distance Learning Classesprovide regular opportunitiescooperation and collaboration
  15. Brown, R. (2001). The Process of Community Building in a Distance Learning Classesactively cultivate respectful, supportiverelationships among students and teachers
  16. Strategies and Activities forBuilding Communities
  17. Strategies for BuildingCommunitiesIn an online environment, human interactiondoes not just happen naturally. Onlinestudents need a way to get to know theinstructor, and others. There are severalways to encourage your students to interactwith each other.http://www.southalabama.edu/oll/jobaidsfall03/Icebreakers%20Online/icebreakerjobaid.htm
  18. Make It Interactive
  19. Focus on Student-to-Student Interactions
  20. Use Skill Sets Familiar toStudents: Texting, Photo-
  21. Use Multimedia –Go Beyond Text-Driven Responses
  22. Make itfun,creative,engaging
  23. giving students a voice and face =discovering commonalities(and building language skills)
  24. Strategies for BuildingCommunitiesTips for Effective Ice-Breakers1.Keep it simple.2.Make it fun.3.Be creative.4.Consider various types of Ice-breakers--dont juststick to "questions.”5.Consider your audience.6.Be aware of time constraints7.Keep in mind technology requirements.http://twt.wikispaces.com/Ice-Breaker+Ideas
  25. Activities for BuildingCommunitieshttp://www.southalabama.edu/oll/jobaidsfall03/Icebreakers%20Online/icebreakerjobaid.htm
  26. All About Me Photo Essayhttp://community-building.weebly.com/all-about-me.html
  27. I Am Poemshttp://community-building.weebly.com/i-am-poems.html
  28. I Am Poemshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/78773858@N03/
  29. I Am Poemshttps://docs.google.com/a/boisestate.edu/presentation/d/1wBl3932bTQPqt5xpe4yl-CZf527KaTShid.g94293cd5_4_53
  30. Personal Interviews via Textinghttp://community-building.weebly.com/personal-interviews.html
  31. Personal Interviews via Textinghttp://padlet.com/
  32. Voicethread Introductions
  33. Other Uses of Voicethreadhttp://voicethread.psu.edu/use-case/
  34. Dear Abby Lettershttp://seltechnology.weebly.com/dear-abby-letters.html
  35. Ongoing Social Networking
  36. Facebook for CollegeGroupshttps://www.facebook.com/about/groups/schools
  37. Reflection Questions
  38. Sharing Photos
  39. Posting Web 2.0 ToolsAssignments
  40. Student Feedback:I really liked having the participation on Facebook aspart of our assignments. It was nice to havediscussions throughout the week with classmatesabout what we had done in class.
  41. Blogging
  42. http://www.instantshift.com/2012/10/11/incorporating-blogging-into-education/
  43. http://gretelpatch.wordpress.com/
  44. http://perfectlypaigespage.blogspot.com/
  45. Synchronous Webinars
  46. Reading Ahead of TimeSharing During Meeting
  47. Student Feedback . . .http://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/2012/03/25/mobile-learning-end-of-course-student-survey-part-ii/
  48. It provided us with a common ground on which toget to know each other.
  49. It made us open up to oneanother because we had toconnect at a more social level.
  50. We were able to communicate outside ofclass and create friendships.
  51. What a great way to learn communication techniques!Thank you Jackie for all your creative ways to make thisclass fun and exciting as well as informational.

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