Creating Community in Online Classrooms (Inside Higher Ed)

"When I talk to my colleagues about teaching online, I get the standard responses: that must be so hard, that must be so boring, students can’t possibly learn as much from an online course as they would in my actual classroom, the technology is so glitchy, etc. As someone who is trying to convince these faculty members to teach in our online program, I can point them to this study or that one. Those of us in this online teaching space have compelling answers to these questions."—Source: Inside Higher Ed

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Sure, creating a sense of community in an online class can be difficult. But here's the thing: the engagement that shared interest fosters can play an important role in student success.