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4.6 Community building: a group resource

  • essentials considerations for positive community building
  • discrete activities to develop community (however small)
  • things to avoid or mitigate when trying to build and sustain a community
A mixture of formal and informal community activities
I think to achieve a sense of belonging we need to organise activities which are related to the learning, so formal things like discussion forms, weekly announcements and at the same time create spaces for the students to talk to one another without an explicit relation to the course. I like what someone said on the video: Two spaces: formal (weekly forums) and informal (for people just to say hi and say how excited they are, e.g. social forums and general discussion forums). Informal could be on FB, or forums on LEARN.
As for events, in the past we have organised a pub quizz related to translation theory and I think this could work well (if not better) online. Students should also be encouraged to organise their own events.
Padlets with world map.
People have different rhythms, time zone, personal circumstances, internet connectivity.

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