The Importance of the Social Variable in Online Learning

by Eric Ritholz As a continuation of the concepts from last month’s article: Building a Sense of Community in the Online Classroom I want to break down social presence into three components.  First off, what is social presence? “Social presence is described as the ability to project one’s self and establish personal and purposeful relationships. The three main aspects of […]


Building a Sense of Community in the Online Classroom

by Eric Ritholz, Online Learning Coordinator at the Office of Educational Technology  The design and delivery of an online class is more than organization, content, and schedules.  The online class (or shell) is an integral hub for developing a sense of community.   In an in-person learning environment, students interact before, during, and after classes.    Recognition and sense of belonging are essential to […]


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