Make space for student interaction
Student-student interaction is critical for an online learning community, as online courses can make some learners feel isolated and alone. Here are some things you can try to improve that:
- Moodle Discussion Forum
- Smart phone (video)
- Set up a discussion forum explicitly for introductions; include question prompts such as: Who are you? Where are you from? What is your favourite hobby?
- Moodle Groups
- Stay involved with the groups; monitor and mentor along the way
- When forming groups, be aware of factors such as differences of individual learning goals and time zones
- Moodle Groups
- Moodle Discussion Forums
- Moodle Wikis
- Moodle Chat
- Microsoft Teams
- Promote any spaces you set up in your course for informal group work, or study groups
- Provide instructions and guidelines to engage students in collaborative activities or space with academic integrity in mind. Be sure to differentiate between collaboration and collusion. What is okay to do in the course as a group, and when is individual work needed?
- Offer prompts to focus student engagement, whether these are discussion questions, tasks, or resources to explore together.
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