Faculty Research at Morehead State University


Going Beyond the Content: Building Community through Collaboration in Online Teaching

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Fall 2013


This reflective essay shares experiences of building online communities through collaboration from its three authors, who possess varying degrees of experience and expertise in online teaching. Specifically, through stories and pedagogical experiences, we respond to the question, “How can online teachers build community through collaborative pedagogical practices in various digital learning communities?” From the perspectives of a tenure track professor, an instructional designer, and an instructional librarian, we hope to provide narratives, specific tools, words of wisdom, and encouragement about collaborative, student-centered, community-building practices and tools in online courses and distance learning.