Building an Online “Campus” Experience
Concurrent Session 4
Online learning is about connection -- to faculty, peers, ideas, technology, and community. Join me as I demonstrate how to build a robust online community of connection, providing students with a full array of programs, events, community service, engagement and leadership opportunities typically found on onsite campuses.
Session Learning Outcomes:
1) Identify key pillars of co-curricular programming
2) Discover creative approaches for engaging distance learners outside the virtual classroom that can be immediately implemented.
3) Receive a program-planning template to be used in the design of online student engagement opportunities at your own institution.
Online classes have proven to be as, if not more effective, than onsite classes -- that is, if they are designed properly! Learning can be convenient, flexible, and result in the same outcomes as an onsite class would yield. However, the virtual classroom is only one component of the “campus” experience.
It is not only possible, but imperative to create a robust online community outside of the virtual classroom with a full array of co-curricular programs where students can engage. There are endless ways to connect students with each other through online leadership opportunities, virtual community service, and a full array of programs, events, and engagement opportunities.
This presentation will focus on innovative approaches for building a virtual “campus” experience. Examples include virtual orientation, welcome week, student government associations, festivals, common hour, community service, online book club, and more. Many of these approaches can also be used to supplement the onsite student’s experience.
Discover creative strategies for engaging distance learners that you can immediately implement in your own online program!
At the conclusion of the session, a program-planning template, developed by the presenter, which guides the planning, evaluation, and subsequent improvement of program initiatives will be shared.
An open conversation is encouraged, where participants discuss their perspectives and experiences in relation to the subject matter. Sharing of appropriate links and resources will occur.