Talk About Teaching: Building Community in an Online Environment

Talk About Teaching: Building Community in an Online Environment
Date Tuesday, November 29, 2016
10:20 - 11 a.m.
FeaturingDr. Jay Rasmussen, Professor of Education; Joyce LeMay, Associate Professor of Business; Dr. Ripley Smith, Professor of Communication Studies; Dr. Matt Putz, Director of Teaching and Learning Technology
Instructions for GuestsGet maps and directions to Bethel University.
SponsorsFaculty Development and Friends of the BU Library

Event Description

Powerful student learning experiences are facilitated by instructors with a strong cognitive, social, and teaching presence. This session focuses specifically on building social presence (community) in a hybrid or fully online environment. The following essential questions, all related to building a positive and healthy online community, will be briefly addressed from a research/theoretical perspective:

    What is community or social presence?
    Why is it important to build community?
    What contributes to building community?
    What distracts from building community?

The question of "What strategies can be used to build community?" will be addressed from a practical perspective by Joyce LeMay (Business and Economics), Ripley Smith (Communication), Jay Rasmussen (Education), and Matt Putz (Teaching and Learning Technology) as they share multiple community building strategies they've found to be successful. Please join this session to be inspired and better equipped to build an effective online community.


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