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ERIC Number: EJ868060
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1553-7544
Virtual Classrooms, Real Communities
Demski, Jennifer
Campus Technology, v23 n4 p22-24 Dec 2009
According to the 2008 Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE): 82 percent of community college students surveyed have part-time jobs (and over half of this group works more than 20 hours a week); almost all (93 percent) reported commuting to campus and 21 percent said they spend between six and 20 hours a week in the commute; another 33 percent reported caring for children or other dependents at least 11 hours a week. With those kinds of competing interests, it's a wonder community college students feel any sense of belonging or engagement. The CCSSE found that the single best way to engage community college students in their lives as students is through the classroom, since that is where they spend most of their time. Make that classroom virtual, and a school has its community-building work cut out for it. Here are two colleges' innovative approaches to using Web 2.0 tools to foster a strong sense of engagement among diverse and dispersed learners. (Contains 3 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York; Virginia