Building Sense of Community at a Distance

Alfred P. Rovai, IRRODL, May 28, 2002
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This article proposes that "Educators who perceive the value of social bonds in the learning process must re-conceptualize how a sense of community can be stimulated in virtual classrooms." The article then works through a number of now familiar elements of online communities - including trust, social presence, and social equality, among others - and argues that the same sort of community found in the classroom can also be found online.
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