Table 10: [Potluck] Class Community: Ways to Build and Strengthen Student-Student and Student-Instructor Relationships


  • Facilitator: Larisa Olesova George Mason University
  • Facilitator: Lulu Geza Keleman



**Participants are strongly encouraged to bring a few printed copies of a specific example activity, assignment oràstrategy they use in their classroom related to this topic to share.**
NOTE: You can still join a potluck even if you didnââ¬â¢t bring anything!
Welcome to ITL and this table! àJoin your fellow Mason instructors to informally discuss this table's topic. At the table, you will find desk copies of related resources (digital versions are available below), and an experienced Mason colleague who has experience and strategies related to this topic.ààNot sure what to talk about?ààHere are some conversation starters:
  • Share a little about yourselves:à

    • Department

    • Years at Mason

    • Courses you are teaching

    • What excites you about teaching?

  • What brought you to this table?

  • What are some benefits to students and to learning that come from building relationships among students and between instructors and students?

  • How can we help students recognize and value these benefits?

  • What kinds of strategies help build relationships at the start of the semester, or strengthen relationships later in a semester?

  • What kinds of challenges do we face in building these relationships...generally? ...with online students? ...with first-year students? ...with multilingual or international students? ...with advanced students?

Have an example or resource to share?ààSubmit through this link and we'll upload it after the conference:ààStill have questions?ààLeave a post it note on the table sign at the end of the Share-a-thon or email your questions toàstearns@gmu.eduàààADDITIONAL RESOURCES:à

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Author Biography

Facilitator: Larisa Olesova, George Mason University

Larisa Olesova is an instructional designer for online learning at George Mason University.