Building online learning communities

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Shana Tova!  Glad you could make it to my blog. Today’s blog is about online learning communities.

Engaging learners in instruction is not a new teaching strategy (Conrad & Donaldson, 2011).  Student engagement is necessary to maximize learning.  The question is how do course designers and instructors engage students in an online environment.  While online learning offers many benefits such as flexibility in scheduling learning and reduced travel cost, online learning also presents new challenges for course designers, instructors, and students.  Instructors and students experience an increase in workload due to the additional effort required to communicate at a distance (Simonson, Smaldino, Albright, & Zvacek, 2012).  The other major issue is a sense of isolation that many online learners and instructor feel (Palloff & Pratt, n.d.) when they first enter an online learning environment.  Creating learning communities can significantly reduce the sense of isolation and engage students in the learning…

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