Online Instructor Roles – Social Role

The social role promotes a friendly environment and community feeling to support students’ cognitive processes and learning experiences.

It involves:

  • Implementing icebreaker or get-to-know-you activities
  • Motivating and engaging students in a community of inquiry
  • Creating a supportive climate for learning that respects individual differences
  • Attending to individual concerns
  • Using a friendly, personal tone
  • Building social rapport and a collective identity among the class

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