Unit 1: Community Development in an Online Learning Environment


Target Objectives:

Upon completion of this unit, participants will:

  • Define teaching presence and describe the role of the instructor in an online learning environment.
  • Create a repository of research surrounding which community development tactics that positively impact learning.



Unit 1 Lecture: Building Successful Learning Communities



Important: To participate in this course, you will need a Wordpress account. This will allow you to contribute to discussion board prompts as well as post reflection blogs. Here is the link to the site we will be using to create and organize our posts: https://onlinelearningengagement.wordpress.com


Activity #1: Develop a repository of research showing studies of learner engagement and community building techniques in online courses. Each participant is expected to submit a minimum of 5 articles to the shared repository. Add the APA citation for each article you submit to the Table of Contents document available now . I have included a sample article and citation for your reference. Include a variety of articles: you will reference these throughout the course. Upload articles here.


Activity #2: In the discussion board, discuss the prevalent themes in the articles you gathered. In small groups, come to a consensus about the most important factors to creating a successful learning community.

Reflection Activity:


What are some of elements of online instruction that stood out to you in this week's activities? What are the key differences between online-only and face-to-face learning environments? What elements of online-only learning are you the most apprehensive about at this moment?

Next: Unit 2: Designing Instruction for Optimal Engagement
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ETAP 623 Spring 2019 | Taylor Walsh

NOTE: You will find citations for this course on the Driving Learner Engagement in an Online Environment References and Resources page.