Section 4: Student Interaction and Community

Addresses (1) the opportunities students have to interact with the content, their peers, and their instructor, and (2) how well the course design encourages students to become active learners and contribute to the online course community.

At the beginning of the course, instructor provides an opportunity to have students self-introduce to develop the sense of community.



Instructor provides information about being a successful learner/student.



Navigation throughout the online components of the course is logical, consistent, and efficient.



Learning activities facilitate and support active learning that encourages frequent and ongoing peer-to-peer engagement.



The modes and requirements for student interaction are clearly communicated.



Instructor clearly explains his or her role regarding participation in the course. Instructor participates in, facilitates, and manages student participation, yet lets students take reasonable ownership.



The course learning activities help students understand fundamental concepts, and build skills useful outside of the course.