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Strategies and Techniques



Building engaging introductory exercises at the beginning of a course can increase student participation.

This can strengthen the learner's sense of community and belonging.

Icebreakers and group projects are also supported by research as the most effective engagement strategies mentioned by the students.

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Student Community


Creating intentional opportunities for students to get to know each other at the beginning of (and throughout) a course helps build trust and foster a sense of community (Conrad & Donaldson, 2011). These initial activities also provide a low-stakes opportunity to engage with the technology of the course, which is particularly helpful to students who are new to online learning.

Peer Review: Incorporate peer review activities where students provide feedback on each other's work, promoting collaboration and a sense of community.

Reflective Journals or Blogs: Encourage students to maintain reflective journals or blogs where they can document their learning experiences, share reflections, and engage with their peers' posts.

Online Games or Quizzes: Incorporate interactive online games or quizzes related to course content, providing an enjoyable way for students to learn and compete in a friendly environment.

Community Building Assignments: Assign community-building activities such as sharing personal stories, creating collaborative playlists, or participating in virtual team-building exercises to strengthen connections among students.

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