Notes from the Field

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A blog focused on supporting student capacity and increasing completion and equity

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Students taking online courses that are intentionally designed with opportunities for asynchronous student-to-student communication and collaboration reap the rewards of not only the cognitive benefits of sharing ideas with peers, but also the socio-emotional benefits of being a member of a learning community. This blog shares ways to create student-to-student communication and connection in asynchronous online courses.

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An authentically caring instructor-student relationship is foundational to students' learning and success, particularly for minoritized students. A warm instructor presence that imparts empathy and awareness while building relationships and providing intrusive support is correlated with student persistence, success, and learning in online courses. In this blog, you'll learn how to build this instructor presence in online courses.

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Tone, facial expressions, voice, and other social cues are often lost in online classrooms where interactions are primarily text-based. Flipgrid helps reclaim these vital aspects of communication, enabling instructors and students to have asynchronous video conversations. The magic happens as connections and a strong class community are formed -- even from a distance.