Unlikely connections : place-based learning in online post-secondary education
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SubjectCommunity; Higher education; Isolation; Online education; Place-based learning; Post-secondary
Place-based learning has been setting its roots in academia for some time and only recently has it expanded its reach into the realm of online courses in post-secondary institutions. This research is twofold: It discusses the findings of whether place-based learning can successfully be implemented in online learning to create connections to place, and second, if the interactions that place-based learning requires from students can alleviate feelings of isolation they often endure. Drawing on a variety of courses from several institutions, students and faculty participated in electronic surveys and semi-structured interviews, offering their unique perspectives on the student experience of place-based learning in online courses. The results of this study have implications for institutions and instructors alike to ameliorate the online student experience through course design and subsequently affect the local communities where distance learners are based.
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