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Building Community in a Fully Online Course

Building Community in a Fully Online Course
California State University, Fresno
The instructor uses Google Slides to create community and interaction between instructor and students in this online graduate course. Community Building activities are assigned intermittently throughout the course to give students an opportunity to engage and interact in a non-high stakes forum while getting to know more about each other along the way. It is a win win and a highly favored activity among her online students.

Get To Know Yourself Assignment

Get To Know Yourself Assignment
California State University, Fresno
This introduction to the activity (which is using a rubric to reply on a discussion board) is in informal language to engage the students and catch their attention. It is also designed to help the student feel comfortable with talking about their own insecurities about the course topic.

Help Module with Diversity Survey

Help Module with Diversity Survey
California State University, Fresno
This Help Module was developed to reduce the number of questions commonly asked each semester. These include topics related to Health, Writing, and Tutoring, just to name few. Included in this module is the Student Diversity Survey, created in Google Forms, asking questions such as their Gender Pronoun and their access to technology. This allows the instructor to get a socio-economic and personal read of each student at the beginning of the term.

Introduction Activity using Google Tour Builder

Introduction Activity using Google Tour Builder
California State University, Long Beach
This self-introduction activity was designed to highlight the diversity that exists in a seminar course. Using Google Tour Builder, students get to share where they come from and what stories they carry with them. Tour Builder allows users to visualize stories and places and integrate them into the map.

Student Intro Survey

Student Intro Survey
California State University, Channel Islands
Students can complete this brief survey at the beginning of the semester after they have read through the syllabus and explored the Canvas shell. The intent of the survey is to help the instructor learn more about their students, create a sense of support and empathy, and give students an opportunity to share their concerns ahead of time.