The Third Time’s for Charm: A Three-Semester Journey of Learning to Facilitate Relational, Online Learning Communities

The Third Time’s for Charm: A Three-Semester Journey of Learning to Facilitate Relational, Online Learning Communities

Angela Webster-Smith (University of Central Arkansas, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-111-9.ch014
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Abstract

This case examines a three-semester journey of an instructor’s efforts to augment face-to-face course delivery with online instruction. Her mission was threefold: (1) to update a school-based organizational leadership course to become more relevant to the profession, (2) to develop students’ proficiencies for building leadership capacity and organizational intelligence, and (3) to cultivate relational, online learning communities. The author shares the failures and triumphs she experienced in developing her capacity for quality, online course design and instruction and in realizing the aforementioned goals in an online environment. The differentiation of instructor strategies and learner outcomes are highlighted vis-à-vis standards of quality online design and time-honored student reflections.

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