Building Online Learning Communities

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Whenever Barbara Polnick teaches online, she pays special attention to fostering a community of learners, focusing both on the design of the course and the way she facilitates it.† Polnick, associate professor in the educational leadership program at Sam Houston State University, bases her approach to online learning communities on the four components of a learning communities identified by Rovai:spirit, trust, interaction, and learning.

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