1 Reply Latest reply: Mar 3, 2014 5:30 PM by Lynne Hoffman RSS

How do you promote community online?

cgasell Apprentice
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I have been involved in several discussions related to building an online community that connects students with research and practice. This community would live outside of the classroom and the learning management system and could include alumni as well as current students and teachers. Several teachers are using Facebook or Twitter to connect with students and other professionals. These communities seem to work well because it is something that students already check. They are already invested in Facebook and many to Twitter as well, so there is no extra effort. We are looking for a more system-wide solution.


In doing research, I came across a great EDUCAUSE article that has been very helpful to the process. If you are looking to build community in your school, classroom or university, this might be a good starting point.

Community of Practice: Design Guide


How do your schools promote community online?

  • Re: How do you promote community online?
    Lynne Hoffman Apprentice
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    The Journal posted an article suggesting tips for creating a sense of community among online learners.  Here are the basic tips.  For more detail, check out the article 9 Tips for Creating a Sense of Community for Distance Learners.


    1. Create a Compelling First Impression

    2. Encourage (or Require) Students To Create Their Own Spaces for Learning

    3. Connect to Students in Multiple Ways

    4. Create Support Groups

    5. Video Trumps Text

    6. Audio Trumps Text

    7. Be a Connector First, a Content Expert Second

    8. Play Together

    9. Define the Expectations of the Community

    What do you think of these suggestions?  What would you add to this list of tips?

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