Building Online Learning Communities: Effective Strategies by Rena M. Palloff, Keith Pratt

By Rena M. Palloff, Keith Pratt

This publication is aimed toward educating adults, better schooling, now not k-12. I anticipated extra concrete recommendation on instructing online,it particularly is simply approximately growing "communities" because the name says. the necessity to attach the scholars. it is ok. simply now not what i used to be hoping for.

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Generally quiet and concerned about his language skills in a face-toface classroom, this student was able to overcome all of this in the online environment and make significant contributions to his own learning as well as to that of his student colleagues. MAKING THE TRANSITION AND ESTABLISHING PRESENCE The following is from a graduate student. On Monday I had a mini-meltdown all on my own. qxd 5/28/07 1:18 PM Page 11 trating. I was very aware that I am working with a bunch of people who are obviously high functioning with lots of expertise.

2) Nipper (1989) described the successful learner in an online environment as a “noisy learner,” one who is active and creative in the learning process. qxd 5/28/07 1:18 PM Page 9 other, similar references led many to believe that distance education is best applied to and seen as most successful in the arena of adult education. However, more high schools, colleges, and universities are using this delivery method with all groups of students regardless of age or level of educational experience. Should we expect that all students will succeed in this environment?

Online community has been defined in the literature in many ways, but these definitions often include several common elements or themes, including the ability to build mutual trust, a connection of the spirit, a sense of belonging, a sense of membership, a sense of support, and an ability to share in the educational journey together (Shea, Swan, and Pickett, 2004). More than simply a common meeting or networking space online, such as My Space or Friendster, which have been frequented by younger students (much to the dismay of their academic institutions due to some of the inappropriate activity that goes on there and the mistaken sense that casual connection equals community), the learning community in an online course allows for mutual exploration of ideas, a safe place to reflect on and develop those ideas, and a collaborative, supportive approach to academic work.

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