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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

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.

E-mail

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

conducted

through

audio.

This

communication

can

be

one-way,

from

student

to

instructor,

or

two-way,

between

student

and

instructor.

Instructor-initiated

email

is

extremely important to students as it provides a social presence (Orey, Koenecke, &

Crozier, 2003). Students feel most successful when interacting not only with their peers

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