Chapter 6

Feeling Connected

This chapter focuses on ideas of community among online learners, and also discusses the concept of social presence – whether online communication feels ‘real’ to participants. The chapter considers the extent to which online learners feel a sense of community, and how this varies between individuals. It considers the steps educators can take in order to build online community among learners. The chapter ends by looking at the potential of social network sites for supporting online learning communities.

Chapter contents list:

  1. Research on Social Aspects of Online Learning
  2. Students’ Views on Online Community
  3. Case Study – Sharing Images, Creating Communities
  4. Encouraging Community Online
  5. Member Profiles
  6. Social Network Sites for Learning Communities
  7. Case Study – Using Twitter to Build Peer Communities
  8. Key Points for Practitioners
  9. Further Reading