Luma’s latest book Luma Connections: Building Learning Communities to Connect Learners Remotely contains 52 lessons designed for collaboration and connection within your community of learners. Lesson are organized by two teaching tools: an online discussion board and a synchronous meeting tool, like LumaLive®.
The documented benefits of building communities in education include:
- Requiring learners to think abstractly and build on existing skills and knowledge structures.
- Using real-world experiences to make applications relevant to learners’ immediate lives.
- Showing learners that the knowledge they bring to the learning experience is valued.
- Keeping engagement going, both during and beyond the formal educational learning experience.
The book began as a series of blog posts released from 2021-2022 written by Luma CEO Dr. Gina Anderson, instructional designer Elizabeth Lind, and illustrated by director of art Elizabeth Nordquest.