Creating community in your classroom


The need to be known by name is deeply rooted within all of us. One of the most excluding factors, mentioned time and again by students interviewed … was the fact that teachers and other class members did not know their names. (Griffiths S. 2010 Teaching for Inclusion in Higher Education: A Guide to Practice. Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom and All Ireland Society for Higher Education p.41)

This module presents participants with some literature which addresses issues around students' social comfort in a university setting, and provides a range of simple, effective, teaching strategies which assist any teacher to build classroom community quickly, and effectively.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Understand the key drivers for building classroom communities
  2. Skills in purposely building community in classrooms
  3. Strategies to maintain an interactive learning environment and improve student participation
  4. Experience in applying, and reviewing, community building strategies in a practice content


Assessment Task 1: Level One Building Strategy

Assessment Task 2: Level Two Building Strategy

Assessment Task 3: Level Three Building Strategy

Assessment Task 4: Reflecting On Community Building Strategies

Module details

  • Online mode of delivery