ERIC Number: ED556706
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May-15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
Web Applications That Promote Learning Communities in Today's Online Classrooms
Reigle, Rosemary R.
The changing online learning environment requires that instructors depend less on the standard tools built into most educational learning platforms and turn their focus to use of Open Educational Resources (OERs) and free or low-cost commercial applications. These applications permit new and more efficient ways to build online learning communities and support recommended best practices by facilitating student dialogues with their instructors, other students, and online resources. Effective online communication and community building begins with synchronous, face-to-face interaction between instructor and student. When such applications are not available on a learning platform, they can be accessed through free or inexpensive web-conferencing tools. Students' interaction with each other fosters academic and social support and participation, and can be achieved with collaborative tools like shared brainstorming apps, blogs, and social media platforms. Students tend to prefer online resources, and many of these resources are convenient, easy to use, and allow a variety of activities that enhance learning outcomes.
Descriptors: Online Courses, Educational Technology, Computer Mediated Communication, Interaction, Teacher Student Relationship, Peer Relationship, Computer Oriented Programs, Cooperative Learning, Integrated Learning Systems, Videoconferencing, Electronic Publishing, Social Networks, College Students
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A