Research has shown that student satisfaction, faculty satisfaction and learning outcomes are all enhanced through the cultivation of learning communities in online classes. At the University of Illinois Springfield, we employ a variety of effective practices to engage the instructor with learners and the learners with other learners in online classes. These practices involve specific strategies included in the instructional design, two-way (Web 2.0) technologies, and coordination of activities. Methodologies range from the use of peer mentors to time-proven online activities to the use of innovative technologies to build and sustain the learning community through the semester. Those attending the session will engage in assessing the strategies, technologies and activities as well as suggest others that we all may consider. There are a number of ways to help establish a sense of community: time allotment, support, validation, similarities, peer mentors , and multimedia feedback such as podcasting.
The Machine is Us/ing Us!
Sloan-C Effective Practices for Student Satisfaction
Deborah Antoine, Instructional Design Specialist, OTEL, UIS
Kandice Biggs, Writing Specialist and Composition Instructor, UIS
Vickie Cook, Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership, UIS
Emily Welch, Instructional Design Specialist, OTEL, UIS