Building Community and Presence in Digital Learning Environments

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The restrictions we’re facing because of the health crisis has resulted in educators changing their practice. Many people are exploring digital tools and learning environments and re-thinking their teaching approaches as they get more of an understanding of the possibilities of teaching and learning in digital spaces. This short document provides some ideas about how you might build community and presence in the digital space to encourage student engagement. Building closer connections with students can help by providing valuable feedback about student understandings of key concepts and learning outcomes and how their students are progressing with their learning.

By Celeste McLaughlin Head of Academic Development for Digital Education, Institute for Academic Development University of Edinburgh.

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