Classroom Community

Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence

University professors often consider three factors when planning their instruction, and they prioritize them accordingly: 1) content, 2) delivery, 3) classroom climate.  Research in neuroscience and learning reveals that all three are equally important, and that, in fact, content will not be mastered without establishing a positive, productive classroom climate, and using effective strategies to deliver content. In other words, content and skill acquisition don’t effectively happen for students without intentional planning for the other two factors. Of the three, classroom community often gets the least attention.  

Additional Resources-CC

Cultivating Connection in a Course Setting

A ‘Stunning’ Level of Student Disconnection 

4 Tips to Make an Online Course More Welcoming 

Building a Social and Emotional Learning Community for Our Students 

A Checklist for Building Community in the College Classroom 

Creating a Community of Learners that Reflects Mutual Respect 

Increasing Inclusivity in the Classroom 

Infographic: How to humanize your online class 

Active learning in hybrid and physically distanced classrooms