Your Module Options
Read through the descriptions below and choose the option that will best enable you to support community building in your online course.
OPTION 1: Select strategies for building community and student engagement online
In order to build community among your online learners, you must be familiar with some of the many different tools and resources that are available. This module takes a practical approach in introducing you to some of the resources available, organizing them under three phases of community building, and asking you to experiment with some of them. If you are looking for some quick ideas and strategies for building lasting community in your course, a proven way to ensure student engagement, this is the option for you.
This option includes a chart of curated tips for best practices, an interactive video, and a reading to equip you with the tools needed to build community online.
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OPTION 2: Reflect on, develop, and communicate my philosophy toward community building in online teaching and learning.
Our understanding of the role of community building in the classroom is always informed by our own understanding of what it means to teach and learn. As we shift into an online teaching and learning environment, it is more important than ever to take time to reflect on our own teaching philosophy and how it informs our approach to community building in the classroom. This module gives you the opportunity to explore and articulate this philosophy.
This option includes a choice of readings and a video. It asks you to develop and share a part of your teaching philosophy in either written or visual format.
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OPTION 3: Facilitate peer interaction as a means of building community
This module asks participants to review both the rationale behind, and strategies for increasing peer interaction as a means of building community in online teaching and learning contexts. You will be introduced to some literature about the reasons why we should value and promote peer interaction, and you will examine and select specific strategies to increase that kind of interaction in your course.
This option includes a choice of readings and video.
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