As higher education adapts to the 21st Century by increasing its online course and program offerings, we must not forget the need to maintain and develop the relationships and community among students and instructors.
This collection of posts focus on how we can translate what is done in a face-to-face learning environment to create and maintain such community to an online learning environment, using tools and techniques to encourage different types of relationships. In addition, as I work at a Catholic institution of higher learning, many of these posts contain the Catholic ethos for such education, which also stresses relationships and communities.
- The concerns about social media and community from a friendly debate.
- The first day of an autoethnography in a learning process about Catholicism.
- The second day of the autoethnography, where I learn more about how Catholics see education.
- The third day of the authoethnography, where I start to apply my learning to online education.
- The fifth day of the autoethnography, where I start to see the big picture.
- The final day of the autoethnography, where I get rather philosophical.
- A look back at what was learned during the autoethnography, and what we could do about it.
- A poll asking you to give your thoughts about online communities.
- Recapping a conversation at Dominican University on being relationship-centered in our online teaching.
- An external discussion on incorporating social justice into course design.
- Reflections from the 2014 EDUCAUSE convention on how to develop community in online, blended, MOOC courses.
- An audio recording of a presentation where I reflect on the project to date.
- A thoughtful consideration of the various aspects of Catholic identity to be considered when teaching online.
- A great essay by an assistant professor at Loyola University New Orleans on teaching sacramentally online.
- A poll asking you to give your thoughts about online higher education.
- An article on how to maintain the Dominican ethos when teaching online.
- The work of the Dominican University on advancing faculty development to teach blended and enhanced courses.