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By Aaron Quigley | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Teachers: 3 Tools to Get Students Collaborating in Online Courses

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Online education has boomed this past decade. Students around the world—such as Masters Students in the Johns Hopkins School of Education—can now attend classes while sipping a latte in the campus coffee shop or anywhere else they can access the Internet, as a bulk of their classes are now online.

The downside, of course, is they may never meet their fellow classmates.

While online education is making learning more accessible, it can also alienate students from their peers. These virtual classrooms often lack academic conversation, collaboration, and debate—all of which push student thinking, and are an important part of the learning process.

Here are three ways to foster collaboration, encourage student-to-student interaction, and create a classroom community with your online class.

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