Building Strong Online Community Through the Use of OER Cartoons and Prompts

Efforts to instill students’ sense of personal ownership and build a strong community in the online course experience may sometimes fall short due to the staid communicative prompts doled out by the teacher on the discussion board. This webinar seeks to inspire faculty–whether hybrid, blended, or fully online– through the use of OER cartoons that depict the life of college students as they navigate through an online course. The cartoons—freely available for download and use through one-click download as well as live updates in the LMS through RSS technology—are accompanied with a set of questions to stimulate peer discussion. This OER resource, newly announced in 2012, is the cartoon Online U.

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