How Do I Build Community in My Classroom?
Community is an essential ingredient in the educational experience. Studies show that community building can increase retention, improve students’ cognitive intellectual development, and promote contributions to society. Find out why it’s important for you to know how to create community.
Flip your classroom to help build community
Community is an essential ingredient in the educational experience. Studies show that community building can increase retention, improve students’ cognitive intellectual development, and promote contributions to society. Even in cyberspace, learning doesn’t happen in a vacuum.
Establishing community results in increased and more productive communication between instructors and students in flipped classrooms and enhances the effectiveness of distance education.
Whether they’re teaching in online, traditional, or blended classrooms, higher education faculty today need to make a conscious effort to create community in their classrooms. Yet that can go against the grain of academic culture and independent, self-reliant faculty.
Find out why it’s essential for you to know how to create community with Milton D. Cox, Ph.D., founder and director emeritus of the Center for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching, and University Assessment at Miami University, Ohio.
Drawing from his background in learning communities and promoting excellence in college teaching, Cox delivers a concise, content-rich seminar you can put to work in your next course.
Mixing research findings, personal experience, and practical tips, Cox will show you how community in the classroom supports student learning and will share proven practices for increasing community in the classroom.
This seminar can make a significant difference in how you teach and how your students learn.
Starting with the concept of social capital and moving on from there, we examine the power, role, and outcomes associated with community.
- The three ways community can assist you in flipping the classroom
- The vital support function community plays in online education
- The three assessment items shown to improve through cooperative learning
- The ways the academic environment can hamper community building
This session also gets down to the nuts and bolts of building community, and you’ll learn field-tested techniques such as:
- Adapting your syllabus to start building community immediately
- Structuring cooperative learning groups to maximize student contact
- Using cooperative learning groups to boost student confidence
- Six keys to enhancing community in online courses
In 20 minutes, How Do I Build Community in My Classroom? will take you through four levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy, moving from comprehension to application, analysis, and synthesis. After viewing this seminar, you’ll be able to:
- Identify and use activities to build community in the classroom
- Demonstrate how to use small groups to build community
- Appraise the different ways community can be engaged in the flipped classroom
- Formulate learning outcomes that result from engaging community
If you’ve dreamed of finding a way to improve your connection with students, this student engagement program is for you.
Whether you’re an old hand with community learning groups or this is your first foray into trying to establish community in your classroom, we provide you with information you can use.
Online instructors and faculty working in ivy-covered halls all can benefit from this seminar.
Cox’s take on how to address both the needs of individual students and the class as a whole supports education across disciplines and platforms. Distance educators will see how they can use community building to promote collaborative learning, involve all participants in creating knowledge, and pursue shared goals.
Those teaching in traditional classrooms will discover how to maximize the impact of their face-to-face time and the benefits of cooperative learning groups.
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Milton D. Cox, Ph.D., is founder and Director Emeritus of the Center for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching, and University Assessment at Miami University, Ohio, where he founded and continues to direct the annual International Lilly Conference on College Teaching. He is also founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching and the Learning Communities Journal.
He facilitates the Hesburgh Award-winning Teaching Scholars Faculty Learning Community, now in its 34th year. Milt has been project director of state and federal grants establishing faculty learning community programs at other institutions, is co-editor of the book, Building Faculty Learning Communities, and has visited over 75 institutions in the U.S. and abroad to consult on various issues in higher education. He incorporates student learning portfolios and Howard Gardner's concept of multiple intelligences in his mathematics classes.
He is recipient of the C. C. MacDuffee Award for distinguished service to Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honorary, and a certificate of special achievement from the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education in recognition and appreciation of notable contributions to the profession of faculty, instructional, and organizational development.
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