Building Community in Online, Blended, and Face-to-Face Environments (Pedagogy in Practice Seminar Series)
In late spring 2012, the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER) published a new issue of Pedagogy in Practice, a publication that shares stories of Virginia Tech faculty who are engaging student in holistic and transformative educational experiences through the creation of effectual pedagogy. The CIDER Pedagogy in Practice Seminar Series is being offered to enable participants to learn more about the practices shared in the publication. This seminar will extend discussion of the pedagogy shared in the article entitled "The World is Their Oyster: Restructuring World Geography to Maximize Student Learning Opportunities".
Online courses, blended courses, and even traditional large classroom-based courses are often equated with anonymity and distance, among student colleagues and between students and faculty. However, the appropriate use of social media and communication tools can foster the creation of a thriving classroom community. This, in turn, can encourage meaningful online dialogue and group problem-solving. Professor John Boyer and his technology assistant Katie Pritchard will demonstrate the tools and techniques used to build a vibrant learning community in a 3,000 student, face-to-face class. They will discuss the challenges and lessons learned and explore how their approach can be extended to other types of classes.
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