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Community in online facilitation

Defining Community

- sharing a commonality of purpose, passion or vision and who share responsibilities and interact cooperatively to foster opportunities and accomplish goals

- must support social exchange of information and knowledge

- can be formal or informal ·

- physical proximity unnecessary

- a safe forum for communication

- foundation or structure is required for sustainment

- reflection is necessary for the community to progress

- a negotiated compilation of many ideas.

- facilitation of discussion is beneficial

- diversity is an asset co-operation, trust, sharing, collabortation of ideas

Creating Community

- is intentional-- it has to be built

- develop strong social bonds through interactive activities

- presence correlates strongly to engagement

- establish common goal and guidelines using established processes

- provide clear sign posts --setting the tone, content, and terms of engagement

- apply audio/visuals for ambiance

- consider the expertise level and learning style of individual group members

Value of Community

- does not just happen--it has to be built

- teacher presence' in online environments is critical

more interaction=more learning according to students ·

- community as a “condition of learning” marked by increased levels of comfort

- opportunity to establish both personal and professional connections

- support mechanism contributes to increased levels of knowledge and growth

Designing Community

- use of learning theories and strategies that support human interaction

- design opportunities for learners to collaborate in required in design

- building begins from the ground up--difficult to do after the fact.

- planning for opportunities for people to “get to know” each other

- the actions of the instructor a primary factor that influences a strong sense of community

- high levels of interaction with the instructor lead to increased connectedness and learning.

- “directed facilitation” equates to creating a positive on-line learning experience

- requires facilitators as affirmers, challengers and influencers elements of time