Tools for Online Interaction and Community Building
Phillip McCarty, eCollege.com, United States
WebNet World Conference on the WWW and Internet, in San Antonio, Texas Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Students are most critical of the lack of interaction when taking an online course. It is not enough to say that they will be satisfied with accessing a course online anytime and anywhere—for convenience sake. Students taking online courses desire the same levels of interaction they get in a traditional classroom. However, inherent to the online environment, face-to-face contact is lost and important community building opportunities. This does not mean that interaction, and the sense of community, has to be lost. The virtual classroom is still a community of instructors and learners. There are online instructional tools available that assist instructors in nurturing interaction and building community in the virtual classroom. We will showcase the eCollege.com tools that are effective for online interaction and community building.
McCarty, P. (2000). Tools for Online Interaction and Community Building. In Proceedings of WebNet World Conference on the WWW and Internet 2000 (pp. 11-12). San Antonio, Texas: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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