Humans have a basic need to be part of a social community. Students will engage more in classroom-based learning if they feel they are welcomed, valuable, contributing members of a learning community”
Barkley, Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty
Take a moment to reflect on text author Elizabeth Barkleys words. Consider how making connections with fellow learners creates a sense of belonging and deepen commitment to learning on the part of individuals and the group.
As an adult educator, it is up to you to cultivate that sense of community among your adult learners. The readings in the Barkley text, as well as other resources this week, offer a variety of strategies for building community.
For this Assignment, draw from those strategies to create a customized blueprint for building a learning community.