Workshop & Research Project: “Building Community in Online Classrooms”

This month’s gathering of T&LI’s Online and Blended Faculty Community discussed the results of a year-long research project that explored community building in online classrooms. This research project and subsequent workshop was completed by 3 undergraduate students at CI – Kellie Prather, Brandon Burns, and Maia Smidt – alongside their faculty mentor, Jacob Jenkins. The project used Puddifoot’s (1995, 2003) six elements of community identity as its theoretical framework in order to develop best practices for instructors of higher education who hope to create a sense of community within their own online classrooms.
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