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Building Community in Online Classes

May 29, 2020 2020-2021All Session IdeasTeaching & Learning

Submitted by: Christine Boyland, Senior Educational Technology Specialist at Bryn Mawr College

Contact Info:
Phone: 610-526-7448

What role would you like to play in organizing this workshop? I’m interested in organizing a workshop on this topic.

Intended Audience: faculty, instructional designers, technologists, librarians


As residential liberal arts colleges responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, instruction was moved online even at institutions that previously had rejected all forms of remote learning. Intrinsic to the mission of these schools is the strong sense of community fostered on campus. However, there are practices that can develop a similar sense of community in online courses. This series of three microlearning videos will address best practices that liberal arts colleges can follow for creating a community of inquiry (Garrison, 2007) through social, instructor, and cognitive presence. Each video will incorporate an engagement opportunity specific its topic. For the social presence video, we will model how to pause, reflect, and discuss using Panopto video comments. For the cognitive presence video, we will show how to use quizzing features to promote critical thinking, while the teaching presence video will be followed by a Q&A or Ask-Me-Anything chat session. By focusing on these three elements in their course designs, faculty will be able to strengthen students' connection with the course materials as well as with their classmates.

Garrison, D. (2007). Online community of inquiry review: Social, cognitive, and teaching presence issues. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks. 11(1):61-72.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will learn the benefits of fostering a community of inquiry in an online course and how course design can achieve these results.

Participants will identify asynchronous and synchronous options for strengthening teaching, social, and cognitive presence in an online course.

Participants will discuss ideas for building a learning community in a future course.

Event Type: Microlearning Session

Track: Teaching & Learning

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Name Title Summary
Maria Ocando-Finol Educational Technology Specialist
Bronwen Densmore Makerspace Coordinator
Christine Boyland Senior Educational Technology Specialist

Preferred Date and Location: September 2020, October 2020, November 2020, December 2020, January 2021, February 2021, March 2021, April 2021, May 2021, June 2021

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