ERIC Number: ED444625
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Building Relationships in College "Classrooms" through Technology.
The paper elaborates on communication techniques that can promote a sense of community in both the conventional classroom and online community college courses. To help students acquire a sense of recognition by their instructor, a personal note from the instructor acknowledging a student's improvement or expressing concern about a student's lack of progress can be attached to a returned test or paper. The sense of connection between individual students is also important. For classroom projects involving small groups, the instructor can post "project partners" on a Web site and assign specific topics for each group to explore. Online courses work particularly well with partners or groups. Digital cameras offer another medium for interaction in online classes. Photos of individual students can be included on the Web page for that class, and during the semester, students can put a "face" to an e-mail address. Finally, chat rooms offer students an opportunity to engage in relevant discussions with classmates. They can be incorporated in the requirements for a conventional class as a means of fostering open communication among students and instructors. Chat rooms also offer the closest approximation to a conventional classroom discussion for students in online courses. (JA)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A