Unpopular opinion: Learning isn’t first.
A way to make your learners feel comfortable in the online learning space you create is by co-creating community norms for interactions before any learning occurs.
This might look like…
- voting on community guidelines in a shared document
- an open dialogue about what environment everyone would like to contribute knowledge towards
- a video submission from your learners discussing their learning strengths and needs from a learning environment
The idea is to work together with the learners to decide on what the learning space will provide everyone, the expectations of the facilitator/instructor and the student, and how to keep each other accountable.
I’m curious how you co-create community norms with your learners! What’s the process that you follow?