I didn’t realize the importance of community building and social presence before reading this course. Because the course that I teach is self paced, every student goes through on their own pace and there is not a community. But it will be different once I (probably) begin to instruct fall 20 courses online. It’s important for the students to know that they are connected with others who are completing the same activities, and to know that they can communicate with them. So it will be important for me to shape the activities and materials in a way that encourages this.
One strategy that I have learned from other instructors who are moving their courses online for spring and summer 20, is to have every student introduce themselves on Moodle. The format and media for this is flexible and up to their interpretation and comfort with talking about themselves.