Assignment: Online Learning Communities

Week 1

In this week’s lesson Dr. Rena Palloff and Dr. Keith Pratt discus Online Learning Communities. The facilitator plays a very significant role in the online learning community. They are guiding the class represent a “safety net” and their presence should be visible (Laureate Education Inc., 2012). Essential elements of the online community consist of learners with a common goal to learn a subject and a process by which this can be achieved (Laureate Education Inc.,  2012).  It is the responsibility of the facilitator and the learners to make the online community successful.

The online learning community is significantly impacted when learners do not experience isolation from the facilitator and their peers. Although they are self-directed, they work as a team via discussion forums and collaborative learning projects. This is important because they may not have the faceto face interaction; they know that they are not alone in cyber world.

One thing that is constantly changing is technology. The sustainability of the online community will require advanced, enhanced, and new technology. It is a good idea for the facilitator to continue to learn and then incorporate new technology in their online classrooms.

Any good building has a firm foundation. An online community is no different. When a facilitator leads and organizes their online classroom as a community of people working together there will be success. The learners will follow and be more motivated by the instructions given within the course. They know that the facilitator and their peers will be there if they need assistance.


Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2012). Online learning communities. Baltimore, MD: Author.


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