Building Community and Student Engagement in an Online Course
Where do I start?
Read through the information in the linked pages below and then select the option that best suits what you would like to learn from this module.
- Read and reflect on the questions below to guide your learning.
- Read the first chapter on principles behind community building in online teaching and learning.
- Select the module option that will be most useful to you.
- Optional: Complete the suggested activities for your option of choice.
- Optional: Submit your resource(s) for feedback and reflect on its usefulness for your course.
The questions guiding learning for this module are the following:
- Why is community building important in online teaching and learning contexts?
- What are the theoretical frameworks that underlie community building in online teaching and learning?
- What are specific challenges to building community for student engagement in the online classroom?
Exploring and identifying
- What are strategies for community building in an online course?
- How can I use or adapt these strategies for my own online course?
- When and where can one use community building strategies in online courses?
- What kinds of strategies will be most effective for my course learning outcomes?
- How can I facilitate peer interaction in my online course?
- What is my own philosophy towards community building in an online course?
- How can I communicate this philosophy in my own online course?
Activity submission formats:
Video (FlipGrid), written posts, and/or visual representations
This module is designed to take 2-3 hours to complete.