Creating A Virtual Learning Community While Working Remotely
3…2…1…fall! Ever experienced a trust fall countdown? Some years ago the Obsidian Learning team participated in a 3-day team-building retreat, and memories of the trust fall remain vivid. At the end of that 3-day period, after a multitude of activities, discussions, and interactions, what had previously been a group of 15 strangers was transformed into a unified team. We created a virtual learning community.
The definition of the word “community” comprises two equally important aspects:
- A group of people having a particular characteristic or place in common
- A feeling of fellowship with others as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals
Neither place nor feeling should be neglected when attempting to establish a community.
As social animals, humans more easily create effective groups, teams, and communities in person. Personal interaction and all of…