The use of community engagement as an authentic project in online courses

A criticism of online learning is that the typical final project of a student paper needlessly mirrors traditional face-to-face education and emphasizes efficient assessment over authentic engagement. A lack of interaction can lead online students to feel isolated. As an alternative, this presenter advocates for the use of community engagement projects that include face-to-face collaboration with trustworthy partners and experts not listed on the class roster. This presentation addresses the benefits and challenges of using community engagement projects through analysis of feedback from graduates who participated in these real-world projects throughout their degree program.

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