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Building Community in Online Learning Classes

  1. 1. Facilitating a Sense ofCommunity in Online andBlended LearningEnvironments
  2. 2. Communication leads to community, that is, tounderstanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.Rollo May
  3. 3. Students in educational environments with a strongsense of community are more likely to. . .
  4. 4. Solomon, Battistich, Watson, Schaps, & Lewis, 2000 in Schaps Creating a School Community . . be academically motivated.
  5. 5. Solomon, Battistich, Watson, Schaps, & Lewis, 2000 in Snaps Creating a School Community . . develop social and emotional competencies.
  6. 6. . . . act ethically and altruisticallySchaps, Battistich, & Solomon, 1997 in Schaps Creating a School Community
  7. 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. 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
  9. 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. 10. Research suggests that a senseof community can beencouraged through . . .
  11. 11. emphasizing common purposes and ideals
  12. 12. commonality is the essence of communityBrown, R. (2001). The Process of Community Building in a Distance Learning Classes
  13. 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. 14. Brown, R. (2001). The Process of Community Building in a Distance Learning Classesprovide regular opportunitiescooperation and collaboration
  15. 15. Brown, R. (2001). The Process of Community Building in a Distance Learning Classesactively cultivate respectful, supportiverelationships among students and teachers
  16. 16. Strategies and Activities forBuilding Communities
  17. 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.
  18. 18. Make It Interactive
  19. 19. Focus on Student-to-Student Interactions
  20. 20. Use Skill Sets Familiar toStudents: Texting, Photo-
  21. 21. Use Multimedia –Go Beyond Text-Driven Responses
  22. 22. Make itfun,creative,engaging
  23. 23. giving students a voice and face =discovering commonalities(and building language skills)
  24. 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.
  25. 25. Activities for BuildingCommunities
  26. 26. All About Me Photo Essay
  27. 27. I Am Poems
  28. 28. I Am Poems
  29. 29. I Am Poems
  30. 30. Personal Interviews via Texting
  31. 31. Personal Interviews via Texting
  32. 32. Voicethread Introductions
  33. 33. Other Uses of Voicethread
  34. 34. Dear Abby Letters
  35. 35. Ongoing Social Networking
  36. 36. Facebook for CollegeGroups
  37. 37. Reflection Questions
  38. 38. Sharing Photos
  39. 39. Posting Web 2.0 ToolsAssignments
  40. 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. 41. Blogging
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  45. 45. Synchronous Webinars
  46. 46. Reading Ahead of TimeSharing During Meeting
  47. 47. Student Feedback . . .
  48. 48. It provided us with a common ground on which toget to know each other.
  49. 49. It made us open up to oneanother because we had toconnect at a more social level.
  50. 50. We were able to communicate outside ofclass and create friendships.
  51. 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.