Fostering a Learning Community

In addition to providing learning content in an online course, instructors must also create spaces and opportunities for learners to provide their input and collaborate with each other. This helps the learner become an active partner in the construction of learning. By deliberately cultivating more interaction — between you and your students and among the students themselves — you will build a sense of community in your online course. Outlining a plan for establishing and maintaining interaction in your course, as you first design your course, will help make your course building process more efficient. Review the resources below for more tips.