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.


About the Author:

Heidi enjoys working with content experts in developing eLearning courses to provide alternatives for students. Her other interests include faculty training in best practices for eLearning and researching eLearning tools to help fulfill learning outcomes. Having worked in the distance education arena for over 20 years, she has a wide range of experiences in supporting students and faculty as technology and pedagogy evolve.

This page was last updated on : Dec 16, 2014