chapter  8
13 Pages

A Voice in the Wilderness

Overcoming Isolation in Online Learning
ByJohn Vivolo

This chapter reviews how a teacher and program manager can help learners overcome the isolation and better prepare them to learn online. Online isolation can be combated with three efforts: lifestyle changes; encouraging community building; and designing a learning experience. Some US states require out-of-state students to have a residency requirement. This means they must spend a certain amount of time on the campus or in the organization’s learning center. Connecting in a community, sharing ideas, and even meeting in person can help combat isolation in online learning. Taking advantage of technology tools and making new tools available can also help. However, a learner’s lifestyle should be explored and possibly changed. Order and organization are the keys to any successful online learning endeavor. Order and organization are the keys to any successful online learning endeavor.