but with the instructor as well. One method to personalize or ―humanize‖ email can be
that resemble facial expressions
communication method provides the social interaction which helps build community in
an online classroom.
The word blog is a contraction of the words web and log. Blogs are web dialogs
that provide a threaded record of a conversation between groups of people. This is very
similar to discussion boards since they both are threaded discussions. The difference is
that a blog will start with a question or theme and then become conversational in writing
style whereas a discussion board will have a theme and remain generally within that
theme and will be more scholarly in writing style. This tool helps students create a sense
of belonging and creates a conversational tone amongst them in their interactions. See
Appendix B (Woods & Baker, 2004).
The word wiki originates from the Hawaiian words ―wiki wiki‖ which mean super
instantaneously. This tool helps to build community in an online classroom, because
learners have equal ownership in a creation. Students actively interact with one another
to create content. See Appendix B (Woods & Baker, 2004). This interaction is two-way