instructor laughing as she engages with her students at the front of the class

The community category focuses on fostering a sense of belonging and collaboration in the online learning environment. Faculty participants learn to build strong connections with students, encourage interaction and engagement, and create a supportive online community that enhances the overall educational experience.

Building teacher credibility

Building teacher credibility in higher education is essential for fostering a positive learning environment.

The community of inquiry model in online teaching

The Community of Inquiry (CoI) model has gained prominence for its role in facilitating meaningful online learning experiences for students.

Discussion boards

Our online discussion board resource page describes how to build a learning community, provide structure, and use resources and strategies for handling potential emergencies.

Instructor background information & photo

When an instructor shares their background information in a purposeful way, it can help kickstart a successful online learning community.

Large online courses

These online teaching best practices address the challenges in teaching high enrollment online courses.

Office hours and contact information

Office hours and transparent and accessible contact information foster greater student engagement and satisfaction, paving the way for improved academic achievements and retention.

Regular and substantive interaction

Regular and substantive interaction (RSI) is a foundational concept in online education that helps to ensure the quality and effectiveness of online teaching and learning.

Student communication expectations

When students feel safe and welcome in a classroom, especially an online one, they thrive. Faculty can cultivate a sense of safety and belonging by encouraging and maintaining an expectation...

Student introductions

Through self-introductions, students can learn of and connect with peers with myriad backgrounds, interests, or goals in the class. 

Synchronous online courses

Successfully incorporating synchronous sessions into an online course involves intentionally planning when, where, how, and why you and your students are going to interact with one another in the virtual...

Welcoming students to the online course

Welcoming students to an online course is a pivotal step in establishing a positive and engaging learning community.