Online learning is different from face-to-face classroom instruction, and many professors have experienced this firsthand due to the rapid change to remote teaching. By summarizing research on virtual community building and analyzing the data from first-year student experiences, session attendees will be empowered to take control of their digital spaces and leverage technology that will help them authentically connect with their students.
Analyze data from first-year focus groups regarding how students feel about their online classes.
Summarize current research on virtual community building and how it aligns with first-year student feedback.
Outline strategies for developing a virtual community through timely communications and personalized feedback.