Building a Learning Community F19

Methods used in building learning community will depend on the type of online learning environment you are setting up:

Synchronous– classes that  occur on set schedules and time frames

Asynchronous- participants complete their work on their own time or

Combination- a mix of synchronous and asynchronous

Participants need to feel connected to the trainer in asynchronous learning because the other participants may not be in the same place in the course and may have no interaction with other students. 

In synchronous learning, the participants must feel connected to the instructor and the other participants in the course in order to build the learning community but also to learn from each other.  It is important for the trainer to stay involved and monitor any participant communication to ensure that accurate and up to date information is being shared among participants and everyone is being treated respectfully.