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Community Building: Student Engagement in Online Classrooms

For college students who either need or prefer to take online classes, the benefits are endless. However, certain challenges arise that instructors of online courses always strive to overcome. One such example is that community building in online classrooms can be much more challenging than in-person classrooms. To learn more about the need for collaboration in the online classroom setting, Cengage Learning surveyed thousands of college students about how they collaborate in their online courses. Read More…


Community Building: Do Students Want Collaboration?

Community building in the classroom is never simple with the short amount of time that you and your students have together. While it comes naturally to some, other students may be reluctant to speak up in class and only collaborate with classmates when assigned to during class sessions. To learn more about the need for collaboration, Cengage Learning recently surveyed thousands of college students and instructors about how well they collaborate in the classroom.

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What’s the Most Effective Community-Building Strategy? Share it With Us

Whether you’re a seasoned instructor of online courses or you’ve only taught a handful, you have undoubtedly observed a number of best teaching practices that lead to a strong sense of community within your online class.

Today, we’d like to hear about the most effective community-building strategy you’ve put into place in your classes. Please describe your ideas, experiences, and words of wisdom in today’s survey. Thank you for sharing your insights!


Building Online Community: What Challenges Do You Face?

Students meeting for an on-campus course have many opportunities to build community. They see one another on a fairly regular basis—for the class session, at the very least. They may chat before class or walk to their next class together, and come to form connections. During class discussions, students can see each others’ facial expressions and hear the tone that others use to voice their answers and opinions. And in the bigger picture, they share a common context—the campus in general, and the classroom in particular—that allows them to relate to one another’s experiences at a certain (even Read More…


Activities that Foster Collaboration and Community

If you’ve taught online, you’ve likely tried many strategies for engaging the students in your online courses. Some of them successfully increased engagement and built community… while others may not have brought about the desired effect.

Which activities, assignments, tools, and strategies have best supported your goal of building community in the classes you teach online? Let us know in today’s survey.


Benefits of Creating Community in the Online Course

Consider what you find most engaging and stimulating about the classroom experience. Certainly, the act of learning plays a paramount role in your enjoyment, and in students’ success. However, lively interaction and exchange of thoughts and opinions can turn a fairly satisfying class into one that you and your students attend with great eagerness and anticipation. Now picture an online course. What benefits could you gain by developing community among your students? How might a strong sense of community within the class build up their levels of motivation, engagement, and willingness to apply themselves during activities, assignments, and other Read More…


Is it Even Possible to Have Community in an Online Course?

Students are used to connecting through social-media channels. They can communicate with friends and family whenever, and wherever, they like. They freely share their thoughts and adventures. And even though the experience doesn’t replicate that of being together in person, they feel as though they’re staying involved and in touch with their connections. But when it comes to online learning, some feel disconnected from their instructors and fellow students. They learn the skills and concepts their instructors teach and present, but they don’t feel as though they have a good sense of the others who are participating the learning Read More…


Highlights from the 2014 Course Technology Conference

From March 12 through 14, 2014, instructors from across the United States gathered at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee to experience and participate in the 19th annual Course Technology Conference. As always, the meeting was filled with engaged and enthusiastic attendees who wanted to learn about the newest technologies in education, network with over five hundred of their colleagues, and bring plenty of tools, ideas, and inspiration back to their classrooms.
Today we want to share a brief synopsis of what happened at the meeting, along with some of our highlights. If you attended—we’d love for Read More…


Tips for Students: Making Connections in College

Spring is in the air and while college students may be hard at work studying for finals, they may not have found the time to have an active social life as well. Good on them for buckling down, certainly, but a well-balanced life is what keeps students happy and motivated. According to author Julia T. Wood in her text, Communication in Our Lives, Seventh Edition, socializing helps us to build the much-needed communication skills that we use every day. “We spend a great deal of time communicating. We talk, listen, have dialogues with ourselves, participate in group discussions, present oral reports, watch Read More…


Tips for Students: How to Contribute Positively to a Team

If you’ve participated in a group or team of any sort, you recognize that each individual’s efforts either add to or detract from the group’s success. (You probably have some stories that testify to this experience as well!) Though some positive and negative traits may be readily identifiable, those who are new to group work—or those who want to improve the quality of their contributions—may be seeking some direction regarding the individual attitudes and behaviors that lead to better team performance and increased camaraderie. In Industrial/Organizational Psychology: An Applied Approach, Seventh Edition, Michael G. Aamodt offers Read More…