U.S. News and World Report
In contrast with a traditional classroom, online courses present different challenges to those trying to identify the intellectual leaders in a class. Students looking for motivation, accountability, peer support, or even partners for group assignments, for example, might be unsure how to find and connect with strong, reliable peers.
Shannon McDonald, an elite coach at InsideTrack – a company that provides success coaching to college students – has noticed that “connecting with the strong students in an online class is a valuable motivational tool.” People tend to “work harder and smarter and with greater determination when we feel connected to other people,” she says. “We feel accountable when there’s connectivity.”
What exactly should online students look for, then, when trying to connect with their stronger classmates?