How Would You Build An Inclusive Online Learning Community In Your Course?

It’s a new, anonymous and decidedly messy age. The online social world is incredibly diverse with many spaces that feel like havens from the social-political temperature in Washington.

We’ve found ourselves looking at learning materials online quite often. But we quickly discover that the educational content might be isolated and focused on a single subject. Are we really maximizing what we have? It’s time to think about ways to overcome this “word of mouth” factor and educate students in an effective and unique way.

We would like to propose to you a series of design thinking exercises to see how to create an inclusive learning community using online learning resources in a creative and creative way that’s meaningful to students.

You might not have considered your education a communal endeavor. And yet, as we’ve just discovered, bringing students together has a tremendous value. In the end, that’s what we are all about here at We want to honor our students so they have the best possible experience.

Let’s test this one out first.

Video, as you know, is a great tool to bring students together around one course. However, videos can easily stagnate in our culture. And videos are a word we often hear spoken in a vacuum. What students really want to do is hear what others have to say. You have to anticipate this possibility and create a platform that provides content that is engaging, relevant, and interactive. In other words, videos must also be responsive and provocative.

Explore this site and watch the videos. What’s the best video to create a community using?

2. Podcasts

Just as videos serve as tools, podcasts serve as community leadership. Again, we’re interested in stories of individuals working through something that impacts their lives in an informed and thoughtful way. This is exactly what podcasting is, we believe. (For further details on this see here).

How do you create a narrative around your learning community? Create a podcast that’s focused and educational. Then take students and engage them in a conversation.

We’ve found there are infinite possibilities here. Explore and explore some of our favorite podcasts here.

3. Magazine Articles

Let’s test this out, too! There are numerous publications that create content that’s interesting and informative. It may require lots of research and innovative thinking. Do you truly want to create something that’s going to capture the attention of students in the great online learning community? If you believe in it, then go for it. But don’t be afraid to be creative and embrace concepts that seem like insanity at first. We believe you’ll see results.

Mondays are all about slideshows.

Share your interests in a slide show. Notice the difference between a slide and a slide show. A slide talks about your interest. A slideshow describes your interest. A slide shows you talking about your interest. Let your audience imagine that they are amongst friends who are involved in a discussion about your interests. Share them here.

You’re right, it does sound like a strange concept.

We see you thinking you’re about to roll out some interesting new photo slideshows. They’re dead simple.

Sharing your interest with your audience means more to your students than you might realize. Why? These kinds of slideshows are powerful when they reinforce the benefit of your connections and your decision to join.

Remember to notice the “message” of your slide and to share it in your slideshows.

6. Podcasts are for suckers

You didn’t get the e-Mail right? Why? Because you sent out too many e-mails and you failed to understand the true meaning of collaboration and communication.

If you’re constantly inviting people to your webinar, you’re just risking contact failure, right?

This is a common mistake people make. We’re very explicit about the difference between an e-mail and a podcast.

We want you to really think about what you’re doing when you create content in these ways. Finally, consider your audience. What’s the best way for your students to connect? What do they value? In the end, your community needs to embody those values to create great results.

For more information, check out what Bizzabo is doing to improve experiences for online learners.

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