methods to find which folder helped build a positive faculty-student relationship, positive
student-student relationship, the greatest sense of online classroom community and the
greatest overall course satisfaction. The autobiography folder provided a tool for social
interaction between all members of the class and provided the most overall course
satisfaction based on the positive social component.
Personal homepages are another tool that helps to create community and student-
student engagement in an online class. A personal homepage is a page on the web
designed to give an introduction to a person or persons. This feature is similar to the non-
subject specific autobiography discussion folders. The personal homepage creates an
electronic personality with many technology possibilities. Homepages can include photo
and/or video introductions. This space is a way for students and instructors to represent
themselves virtually and get to know one another in an online classroom.
Building community is about communication. E-mail is typically the primary
mode of communication in an online classroom. An email is a method of sending
messages from one person to another through electronic means. Email can be written or
extremely important to students as it provides a social presence (Orey, Koenecke, &