ERIC Number: EJ853425
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
Welcoming Design--Hosting a Hospitable Online Course
Ascough, Richard S.
Teaching Theology & Religion, v10 n3 p131-136 Jul 2007
A discussion about how instructors can host a hospitable online learning environment can address one of the fundamental philosophical and theological concerns frequently expressed about online learning--the loss of face-to-face interaction and, with it, the loss of community building (cf. Delamarter 2005, 138). This perceived link between physical presence and community creation, sometimes articulated, frequently assumed, often stands in the way of instructors, administrators, and even institutions fully embracing online learning. This article will argue that when one gives due attention to hospitality, the potential for building online community is greatly enhanced, and with it comes a more effective pedagogical strategy for deep learning. It will conclude with some general recommendations for employing hospitality for building online learning communities.
Descriptors: Online Courses, Theological Education, Religion Studies, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Teaching Methods, Computer Mediated Communication, Educational Environment, Interaction
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