The social dimension in online learning

Our exchanges with others play a fundamental role in our ability to learn, first as human beings, but also as learners. We all have in mind a teacher or classmates who have marked our school career. It is therefore difficult to hope for quality learning without this fundamental dimension. In online training, however, the learner most often stands alone in front of a screen… Is it impossible to see a social dimension blossom in such a context? Quite the contrary! Here are 10 key points to bring light into it.

Alone together. Since every task, even when performed individually, is also part of a social context that contributes to giving it meaning and value, “individual” training does have a social dimension. Firstly, because the learner interacts with the teacher (or trainer), whose presence and role is essential (Dixson, 2010). Secondly, because learners also interact with each other, and these interactions help them learn, as well as develop a sense of belonging that fosters engagement.

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