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Berry, Sharla – Online Learning, 2019
A sense of community is central to student engagement and satisfaction. However, many students struggle with developing connections in online programs. Drawing on interviews with 13 instructors, this paper explores the strategies that they use to help students develop a sense of community in synchronous virtual classrooms. Four strategies for…
Descriptors: Virtual Classrooms, Sense of Community, College Faculty, Doctoral Programs
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Berry, Sharla – Online Learning, 2017
Instructors play a role in helping online students develop a sense of community in virtual classrooms, but little is known about instructors' roles in online graduate programs. To explore the ways in which online instructors helped students create a learning community, defined as a space of connection, closeness and interactivity, the researcher…
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Electronic Learning, Graduate Students, Educational Practices