Building Community in an Online Learning Environment
Web 2.0 / Social Networking
Wednesday, January 11th 2012
This session will present best-practices to create a safe, collaborative, and community oriented online learning setting. This session is important for educators as we strive to be inclusive and safe for learners. As well, understanding how to develop a community of learners in an environment (online) that is often viewed as isolated or disconnected from other learners is important. This factor is particularly pertinent as we experience an increase in online learning opportunities.
Goals and Target Audience:
This session is appropriate for those who teach in an online environment in which collaboration and collective learning among students is expected or desired. As well, the information presented is applicable in other instructional settings if the learning facilitator has an interest or need to encourage the development of a community of learners. The session will emphasize that what we have learned regarding community building and the value of collaborative learning should not be lost as education is translated into a distance learning format.
The major information on this topic will be briefly presented regarding the factors within an online learning environment that may lead to the creation of community among course learners. The majority of the session will then allow the participants to interact with this material. This may include discussion of best practices, sharing ideas to apply these factors in the participants' own learning settings, and participants sharing their own experiences with community building among learners.