On Friday February 25, Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at Medaille College, Dr. Caitlin Riegel, presented at the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education (AILACTE) Conference. Her presentaiton, titled “Fostering Community Online: Qualities of Effective Synchronous Virtual Classes,” focused on preparing teacher educators to teach in a virtual environment by identifying qualities associated with effective synchronous virtual classes that can be built into online instruction.

Dr. Riegel addressed the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching’s (NIET) Instructional Strategies for Virtual Learning and linked them to traditional classroom community building strategies. Several important features were identified as helping faculty build a community in an online environment: comfort, collaboration, personalization, and participation. These features were elaborated upon and the presentation concluded with a critical discussion among presentation participants regarding the specific obstacles to fostering community in an online environment and how those differ from fostering community in an on-ground environment. The relevance of this presentation, with the increase of online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, involves how both K-12 and higher education educators alike are struggling to mimic their classroom community on a virtual environment.

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