Creating and Sustaining Community in Online Language Courses
Community is a key consideration in reconceptualizing how the traditional classroom might function successfully in an online space. How does the virtual community of language learners interact with each other and with the instructor? What practices might enable the online community to bond, develop a sense of trust, feel comfortable sharing information, and set goals together? In this presentation we will explore the CoI (Community of Inquiry) theoretical framework that includes social presence, cognitive presence and teaching presence, and discuss practical implications for creating virtual presence and engaging students in these virtual communities.