8 Library Technology Reports alatechsource.org May/June 2019 Librarians as Online Course Designers and Instructors Lucy Santos Green, editor Designing for Community in Online Learning Settings

Jennifer R. Banas, Northeastern Illinois University
Russell Wartalski, Northeastern Illinois University


This chapter is for librarians seeking to improve learning outcomes among adult learners by fostering community in online courses. To help the reader learn how to do this, we make use of recognized community-focused frameworks and concepts, including communities of practice, dimensions of community, modes of belonging, levels of community, the community of inquiry model, and the expanded community of inquiry model.