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Presentation
Modeling Third Place as an Environment to Foster Sense of Community in Online Instruction
College of Education Research Symposium
  • Tahani Aldosemani, University of Wyoming
  • Ibrahim Gashim, University of Wyoming
  • Craig Shepherd, University of Wyoming
  • Tonia Dousay, University of Wyoming
Location
ED Annex 318
Start Date
7-3-2014 1:00 PM
End Date
7-3-2014 2:00 PM
Description

Learners’ feelings of isolation, disconnectedness, and lack of social context affect their engagement in online classes and might increase their attrition, a problem that could ultimately affect online education. There is a persistent need for strategies to foster community formation and promote sense of community and belonging. Although multiple strategies are discussed in literature related to online learning, these strategies provide vague descriptions about what the community entails. In our presentation we will discuss Oldenburg’s third place theory as a strategy to create learning communities that share common values and interests, and promote strong, sustainable, social relationships.

Citation Information
Tahani Aldosemani, Ibrahim Gashim, Craig Shepherd and Tonia Dousay. "Modeling Third Place as an Environment to Foster Sense of Community in Online Instruction" (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/tadousay/2/