A hallmark of independent schools is the authentic and rich interaction between students and faculty, and the nurturing environment that leads our students to become empathetic, responsible citizens who significantly contribute to their community and the world. The traditional classroom offers familiar ways in which to establish relationships; it is our challenge to achieve similar meaningful connections with online learning experiences. Careful attention should be given to a course design that includes the opportunity to celebrate each participant in the class, assure that all voices are heard, and achievements are celebrated. There must be a high standard set for ethical behavior with on-going guidance and discourse about how to ethically navigate the online world and its vast information resources. Above all, our online courses must reach students where they are in their intellectual and emotional development and bring out the best in them — in the same way we strive to nurture and support our students on campus.
0 8. Does online learning provide your school with new, effective ways to fulfill mission-related goals that involve outreach and/or community education such as community service, globalism, environmental sustainability, public service, etc.?