Collaboration and connection are important for our social-emotional well-being. Importantly, Luma has conducted research and published the benefits for creating learning communities remotely. This year, Luma will provide specific strategies you can implement to connect learners remotely. We are calling these strategies our Luma Connections.
Teaching Tool: Discussion Board
This is an online tool that allows learners to interact with each other to explore a topic and to discuss key concepts and concerts, share experiences, interact with each other, and to ask questions. Interactions are not in real-time and can be mentor-learner and learner-to-learner.
It can be difficult if you are virtual to be able to connect with others and a mentor, or teacher to tell them what is needed from a social and emotional perspective. Being on the road as a driver can be tough, and to have a space to voice a need is important. Maybe more support is needed, maybe a phone call is needed, maybe a hug is needed, maybe suggestions for healthy eating options are needed. Do you know what your learners need? Using a community of learners may help users feel more comfortable to voice a need and others in the community to respond to a need.