Community Building

Standard C: Facilitating interactions and collaboration to build a supportive online community that fosters active learning.

The Online Teacher:

  • Employs learner-centered instructional strategies and current practices that leverage technology for learner collaboration.
  • Creates expectations for appropriate interaction among learners, including establishing netiquette requirements, modeling implementation, and enforcing the requirements.
  • Develops a community among culturally diverse learners by providing opportunities for interaction that are conducive to active learning.
  • Promotes learner to learner interaction in online groups in order to foster collaboration and promote higher-order thinking skills such as analysis, synthesis, and/or evaluation.
  • Is able to meet the learning needs of all learners, regardless of cultural background and perspective.

Source: National Standards for Quality Online Teaching, 3rd Edition, 2019, Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance

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