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Pedagogical Strategies for Building Community in Graduate Level Distance Education Courses

@inproceedings{Mcelrath2008PedagogicalSF,
  title={Pedagogical Strategies for Building Community in Graduate Level Distance Education Courses},
  author={Eileen Mcelrath and Kate McDowell},
  year={2008}
}
Community building in online distance education is important to a successful learning experience because it alleviates feelings of isolation for both students and faculty members. Ruth E. Brown describes the process by which students become part of an online distance education community, identifying three stages: “making friends,” “community conferment,” and the development of “camaraderie” (Brown, 2001). The purpose of this article is to present concrete, specific, and practical pedagogical… 
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