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This presentation discusses the processes I utilize to build learning communities in my online courses. Drawing on research literature on how best to design and conduct an online course that fosters …

This presentation discusses the processes I utilize to build learning communities in my online courses. Drawing on research literature on how best to design and conduct an online course that fosters community among learners who are physically separated, I use five main processes to build learning communities in my online courses. These processes are 1) building a learning community from the first day of the class, 2) using Web 2.0 technologies, 3) using threaded discussions, 4) pairing students in activities, and 5) encouraging collaborative activity. Intentionally using these processes has the potential to build and foster learning communities in online environments.

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  • 1. E-Learn 2013--World Conference on Elearning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education Las Vegas, NV, United States, October 21-24, 2013
  • 2. The Process of Building Learning Communities in an Online Course MariamAbdelmalak, Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction Department College of Education
  • 3. Agenda: • • • • Overview Why Is Building Communities Online Necessary? How to Build Learning Communities in Online Courses? A Practice for Building Online Learning Communities
  • 4. Face-to-Face Online Class
  • 5. Why Is Building Communities Online Necessary? • Positive learning outcomes (Sadera, Robertson, Song, &Midon, 2009). • Satisfaction with the learning experience (Rovai, Wighting, & Lucking, 2004). • Enhanced learning achievement (LaPadula, 2003). • Sense of well being (Walker, Wasserman & Wellman, 1994; Wellman &Gulia, 1999).
  • 6. How to Build Learning Communities in Online Courses?
  • 7. Building Communities from the First Day of the Class Discussions Forums Building Learning Communities Online Collaborative Activity Web 2.0 Technologies
  • 8. Building Community From the First Day of Class • Developing ways to create a community of learners early on in online environments (Dixon, Crooks & Henry, 2006; Palloff& Pratt, 2005; Conrad & Donaldson, 2004) • Establishing “human-to-human contact before the interaction involved with the course content begins, a means by which presence can be established (Palloff& Pratt, 2007, p. 12).
  • 9. Discussions Forums • Personalize and humanize the course (Palloff& Pratt, 2007). • Enable students to learn from each other (CarrChellman&Duchastell, 2000). • Provide accessibility to each other’s thinking (Peterson &Slotta, 2009). • Enable students to participate even more than in live classroom discussions (Paloff& Pratt, 1999; 2007).
  • 10. Collaborative Activity • Explaining reasons for including collaborative activity in an online course (Palloff& Pratt, 2005) . • Giving clear instructions and guidelines regarding the tools of communication (Dell, 2004) • Pairing learners for an activity (Conrad & Donaldson, 2004; Palloff& Pratt, 2005). • Using contract among group members (Murphy, Mahoney &Harvell, 2000; Doran, 2001).
  • 11. Web 2.0 Technologies: • Web 2.0 technologies can play an important role in the development of a learning community among students in online courses (Kearns &Frey, 2010; Palloff& Pratt, 2009; Gunawardena et al., 2009). • The inclusion of a variety of Web 2.0 technologies can serve to facilitate the development of communities in an online course (Palloff& Pratt, 2009)
  • 12. A Practice for Building Online Learning Communities Building Community From the First Day of the Class
  • 13. Discussion Forums with Well Crafted Questions
  • 14. Using Web 2.0 Technologies
  • 15. Pairing Students in Activities
  • 16. Encouraging Collaborative Activity
  • 17. Conclusion: • We educators should intentionally work to build and foster learning communities among students in online courses. A review of the literature suggests that instructors teaching at a distance may promote sense of community by 1) building a learning community from the first day of the class, 2) using Web 2.0 technologies 3) using threaded discussions, 4) pairing students in activities before collaborative work, and 5) encouraging collaborative activities.
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  • 21. Q&A Thank You