Join us on 24th March 2021 for the eleventh session from the CSCL in Times of Crisis webinar series. We hope to see you there to explore Fostering Social Presence and Sense of Belonging in University Students with Kris Isaacson and Kevin Tharp, University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Fostering Social Presence and Sense of Belonging in University Students by Creating an Extracurricular Online Community

The goals related to building an online community outside the classroom is to create a positive, holistic learning experience that contributes to improved engagement, sense of belonging, and retention. A well-curated online community provides scaffolds for building social presence. It also encourages interaction between groups of students who are usually perceived as separate groups (e.g., campus-based and online), thus enabling a sense of cohesion and mutual support. Studies suggest increased social presence and sense of belonging contribute to higher levels of engagement and retention among college students.

You can stream the webinar and participate in the subsequent Q & A session here on Wednesday, March 24th 2021, 3:00 – 4:00 pm (GMT, London, UK):

CSCL in Times of Crisis Webinar Series

The Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) community of the International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS) together with the Network of Academic Programs in the Learning Sciences (NAPLeS) are offering a live webinar series with presentations as well as Q & A about effective practices, approaches, and tools for fostering a sense of co-presence and community in online teaching and learning.