Messages That Foster a Sense of Belonging Improve Learning and Satisfaction: An Experiment in an Online Environment Conference Proceeding uri icon



  • The literature in pedagogy has shown that having a sense of belonging affects learning. This paper shows the result of a communication experiment in an online environment. For six consecutive terms, the instructor taught Introduction to Statistics. The instructor added a more direct communication strategy during two of those five terms. She used weekly communications that linked course material with events discussed by students previously and a personal message to each student. The intervention resulted in improved learning, measured by better grades, and more enjoyment of the course, measured using student comments in teaching evaluations.

publication date

  • May 1, 2023

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  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • January 27, 2024 7:00 AM

Full Author List

  • Forcada SA

author count

  • 1

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2574-0768

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2574-0776

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 514

end page

  • 518


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