Section 4: Student Interaction and Community
Effective online learning is active and student centered. Regular student-student interactions foster a sense of belonging among learners and introduce students to different perspectives.
4.1 At the beginning of the course, instructor provides an opportunity to have students self-introduce to develop the sense of community.
4.2 Instructor provides the information about how to be a successful online learner/student.
4.3 Navigation throughout the online components of the course is logical, consistent, and efficient.
4.4 Learning activities facilitate and support active learning that encourages frequent and ongoing peer-to-peer engagement.
4.5 The modes and requirements for student interaction are clearly communicated.
4.6 Instructor clearly explains his or her role regarding participation in the online environment. Instructor participates and manages, yet lets students take reasonable ownership.
4.7 The course learning activities help students understand fundamental concepts, and build skills useful outside of the course.