Cultivating Community in Online Courses: A Case Study

Tuesday, March 28 | 2:00PM–2:50PM | Room 552
Session Type: Breakout Session
Delivery Format: Interactive Presentation
Learning from your classroom community is an integral part of the educational experience in face-to-face institutions, but what does the classroom community look like in an online environment? How do you foster community and interaction among learners who may never meet face-to-face? We'll look at some of the ways that the CAEL (Certificate in Advanced Education Leadership) program has focused on fostering community using pods, live online sessions, online learning facilitators, and peer grouping. We'll also do a knowledge share of other strategies session participants have used to encourage community building in online courses.

Outcomes: Explore the challenges related to building community in an online course environment * Evaluate the strategies used by the CAEL program * Generate problem-solving solutions for your own community building challenges


  • Naomi Greenfield

    Senior Learning Designer, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Danielle Thomson

    Special Projects Manager, Harvard Graduate School of Education