With the start of summer here, content-experts are gearing up for a new group of students for the summer or in the fall. With the growth in number of online courses being offered, many faculty members are implementing an online portion to their curriculum to supplement the learning process for their students or switching the entire course online. Replicating the academic atmosphere of the classroom in a virtual setting can be daunting and overwhelming, but not impossible. There are many different strategies and methods that can be implemented online. Below are three articles with helpful tips to creating community within online courses. Content-experts also have a number of resources they can tap into on campus. The Student Think Center and the Learning Enhancement Center offer services to help explore various delivery strategies as well as help with the nuts & bolts of online course setup. Sheila Morgan in the LEC and Staci Cox in the Student Think Center are available to answer questions and explore content delivery methods.

 

Interesting Articles for Online Curriculum:

Applying the Seven Principles for Good Practice to the Online Classroom

Tips for Building Social Presence in Your Online Class

Three Ways to Change up Your Online Discussion Board Prompts

 

Which strategies do you use in your online classroom to encourage community and discussion?

 

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