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  1. Raymond Rose says:

    been doing this and thinking about it for a longer time. Building community is, for my pegagogical approach to online education, essential. But in traditional brick-and-mortar classes, community can develop even if the prof does nothing, because there are a number of avenues for communications (e.g. before and after class) In the online environment it must be more formally developed. That said, again depending on pedagogy, I think both F2F and online courses benefit from creating an effective online community. And look at Professional Learning Communities and the benefit they provide.

    Good luck


    1. Indeed, which is why one of my overall thoughts is that we just need to help develop better teachers who are more comfortable developing these types of relationships with their students, and encouraging their students to do the same with each other. And if the teacher is comfortable doing it F2F, then we can help find the tools/techniques to do it online as well. And part of that is encouraging students to develop community themselves — to recognize that students are not just in school for an education (i.e. discipline specific knowledge gathering and skill building) but also for social interaction and social literacy.


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