Engaging Students/Fostering Community

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Why does Community Matter?

What makes your, say, Physics 101 course different from any other Physics 101 course? You do, just as your students make the course different semester-to-semester. In both online and face-to-face courses, it’s important to cultivate a course identity, and to create effective opportunities for student engagement.

A useful slideshow by UNM professor Valerie Thomas, discussing the power of community in the online classroom (though the information is just as germane to a face-to-face course):

Building Community in the Online Classroom (PDF)

Throughout this section you’ll find multiple ways to engage your students and foster community.



Last modified: November 27, 2013