Building a Community of Online Learners through Video Dialogues
Abstract: Online learning has become an ubiquitous norm for learning opportunities, particularly for higher education. Instructors for these online classes ought to consistently seek out methods to promote a culture of cognitive, social and teaching presence within the virtual classroom. Presenters will introduce a constructive approach that assimilates elements of the community of learning framework. Additionally, they will discuss added benefits including the use of formative assessment strategies to gain additional insight into present levels of understanding, questions students may have and ways to modify content along the instructional path. After extensive exploration to find meaningful strategies to support students, they discovered a discussion platform through video dialogues. At the round table discussion, the presenters will demonstrate ways to navigate through the platform and discuss challenges as well as benefits to its use in the online learning environment. Methods for soliciting feedback for formative assessment purpose through the use of intentional questioning will also be discussed. Anecdotal reviews from the students will be disclosed and synthesized. Finally, the presenters will invite the audience to share effective strategies they have utilized in their own online classes that promote a community of learning.