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Building OLCs

by on July 30, 2011

Vesely, Bloom, and Sherlock (2007) emphasized the following elements in building online learning communities:

  • a purposeful interaction with trust and respect
  • instructor’s presence through consistent feedback and modeling

These elements give the students the desire to participate in a collaborative activity.  If they have a good community environment and they know that the instructor is there to support them and hear any of their concerns,  they can be more confident to take risks and be involved.  These can take away a lot from the hesitation of students in joining communities, but if is established well enough then the community experience can be very beneficial.

building community

http://jolt.merlot.org/vol3no3/vesely.htm

 

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