Creating community for online students

Occasional face-to-face experiences cultivate lasting engagement in online programming

By Laura Catalani

Over 21 million students were enrolled in online courses at institutions across the United States in the fall of 2012 (NCES). Since the boom in online education, for- and non-profit institutions alike have sought to stay ahead of the field with the latest technology to engage Millennials, one of the largest groups of COE students. While many of these features include new online tools, more often the Millennial student wants opportunities to connect with her online classmates and instructors in person. To engage this growing population, COE leaders seek to create experiences that cultivate community among online students and promote lasting relationships with their respective programs.

For-profit organizations, like General Assembly and Fullbridge, understand the three learning preferences unique to the Millennial student:

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