Being A Successful Online Learner – Online Community

Building a “Classroom” Environment

Online learning does not mean you are learning alone. You will have a class consisting of instructors, fellow students, and perhaps others with whom you will interact. Your instructor will attempt to build a class environment through discussion questions, chats, group projects, and other activities. You can help build this classroom environment through your participation. Seeing and speaking to others is not a necessary component in getting to know someone. Through your messages and chats, both delayed (asynchronous) and real-time (synchronous), you have the opportunity to develop personal and professional relationships. The classmates you get to know online may come from very diverse situations and can offer a wealth of knowledge and experience. If you are willing to share your thoughts, experiences, and knowledge with your classmates, they may also return the favor.

Building Community Resources:

As noted above, your fellow classmates and instructors provide a resource for information and support. An online learning environment can provide several other resources as well. Within your online classroom environment, however, you have the opportunity to access and help build resources which can benefit your whole class. Look for areas where you may post reviews for books you have read on pertinent topics, links to online resources, and observations for specific topics. Within your ‘classroom’, you and your fellow classmates can build a collective knowledge base which may become invaluable even after your coursework is completed.