Online Learning Community


This module will be an introduction to online course development and the importance of creating a community of learners. You will be introduced to concepts on why it is important to start creating a community of learners right away in an online class. An introduction to the necessary types of interactions needed for any delivery method will be shared. Exploration of the difference between synchronous and asynchronous communication and how these types of communication can help promote a community of learning in your online class will be reviewed.

Time: About 36 minutes

Learning Activities

  1. REVIEW competency and learning objectives


Examine how to create an online learning community.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore interactions in an online environment that help promote a learning community.
  • Investigate online communication techniques, i.e, synchronous versus asynchronous.
  1. READ The Importance of Building Online Learning Communities

    Why: This article helps frame the importance of developing learning communities for online learners. One quote from an online learner, “These relationships help me when I am struggling in courses. Having strong relations with my classmates is an important support system — they can totally relate to my experience.”

    Time: 10 minutes

  1. Review module Create a Warm and Inviting Atmosphere to Build a Learning Community.

    Why: This is a great module from an e-book called “Best Practices in Online Teaching,” that provides you with way you can do this.

    Time: 10 minutes

  1. Read 3 Types of Interaction that Foster Student Engagement

    Why: This article explains the three main interactions required in any classroom. that is student-instruction, student-student, and student-content. The author provides some examples.

    Time: 5 minutes

  1. Read Can You Hear Me Now?.

    Why: Communication is critical in any delivery method, but in an online course, it takes on a whole new meaning. In this brief article you will learn about the different interactions and then provides examples of asynchronous and synchronous communication tools available.

    Time: 5 minutes

  1. Watch the video “Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Communication” by clicking on title “Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Communication

    Why: As you learn about online courses, it is important to understand the difference between these two types of communication.

    Time: 3:45 minutes

  1. Read Using Synchronous Tools to Build Community in the Asynchronous Online Classroom.

    Why: This article provides you with five excellent reasons on why you need to use this in your online classroom.

    Time: 5 minutes

  1. Learn about a few available tools you can use (.DOCX). Using Synchronous Tools to Build Community in the Asynchronous Online Classroom.

    Why: This provides you with examples of tools available to you, mostly within Blackboard, that you can start using today.

    Time: 1 minute

  1. Watch Creating Community in Blackboard for Your Online Course.

    Why: This provides you with examples of how to have asynchronous and synchronous interactions that help build online community.

    Time: 6:57 minutes