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Benefits of an Online Learning Communities 

 September 15, 2022

By  James Brauer

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When it comes to virtual education, one of the most critical factors in a student’s success is feeling like they are part of a community. An online learning community can provide students with the support they need to succeed in their studies and the social interaction that is so important for a healthy educational experience. This blog post will discuss the benefits of an online learning community and how you can create one for your students.

Sense of Belonging

One of the most significant benefits of an online learning community is that it gives students a sense of belonging. When students feel like they are part of a community, they are more likely to be engaged in their studies and more invested in their educational journey. Additionally, online learning communities can provide students with the support they need when struggling with course material or dealing with personal issues that may interfere with their studies.

Improves Retention Rates

Another benefit of an online learning community is that it can help improve retention rates. Students who feel connected to their peers and professors are likelier to stick with their studies and complete their degree. Additionally, online learning communities can provide valuable resources that may not be available to students who do not participate in such a community.

Enhances Collaboration

Finally, online learning communities can promote collaboration and allow students to share their unique perspectives with others. In today’s economy, employers are looking for employees who are team players and who can work collaboratively. Participation in an online learning community can help develop these skills in students and give them an edge when it comes time to enter the workforce.

An online learning community can benefit both professors and students alike. If you are thinking about creating an online learning community for your students, we encourage you to do so! These communities can genuinely make a difference in the lives of those who participate in them.

James Brauer


James Brauer, Ed.D., MBA is currently Director of Graduate Education at Avila University. Previously he was a virtual school administrator of a public online school serving students throughout the state of Iowa. Brauer has also served as an assistant principal and special education teacher. He is passionate about leadership and management, health and wellness, and personal development.

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