Share Paper: Creating community in online courses: A case study examination of instructor practices

  1. Joanne Marciano, Michigan State University, United States
  2. Leigh Wolf, Michigan State University, United States
  3. Rae Oviatt, Michigan State University, United States
  4. Luke Tunstall, Michigan State University, United States
  5. Andrea Varrichione, Michigan State University, United States
Wednesday, March 28 5:45 PM-7:00 PM Edison Ballroom D

Abstract: This paper shares and examines findings from a cross case analysis of four instructors’ attempts to develop a sense of community in the online courses they taught in a master’s program in education at a large public institution in the U.S. Midwest. In addition to outlining strategies the instructors implemented, we consider successes and challenges that emerged in doing so and draw implications for instructors of online courses in multiple contexts.