New Report: Building Community and Student Belonging Online

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A new report outlines seven practices for building community and student belonging virtually. The report, published by the Chronicle of Higher Education by Ithaka S+R, offers strategies for educators to foster a sense of community and engagement among students in online learning environments.

The seven practices include: using technology to create opportunities for interaction and collaboration, establishing clear expectations for student participation, building in opportunities for student feedback, creating a sense of social presence, using empathy and understanding to connect with students, providing opportunities for students to connect with each other, and creating a positive and inclusive learning environment.

The report emphasizes the importance of building community and student belonging in online learning, as it can improve student engagement, retention, and academic success.

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