Creating a sense of community is so important for the online student and instructor. As with any new experience, it is important to relieve any anxious moments about something new.
The online classroom, virtual classroom can be a new and exiting experience for the online learner. Creating small groups specializing in one particular segment of the content area is helpful. In creating the smaller group, it gives the learner a sense of belonging to a manageable venue. To begin a class, especially for first time virtual learners, I have found pictures to be effective in easing the ‘fear of the unknown’.
In future postings, I would like to explore methods and content integration for online learning. Virtual classrooms are definitely an educational destiny. The link below is just a short example of how the world is changing.