There’s Nothing Virtual about Online Relationships: Creating Community by Being Truly Present

October 1 - 29, 2020

This three-session course delved into how to create community online. Going beyond tools and techniques, we explored how the choices we make around being present can best support the development of connections between individuals and the building of a community with shared values and goals. We considered how what we learn about ourselves and each other in an online space can further support community building as it flows to offline spaces.

We met synchronously on Zoom three times. In each session, we took a closer look at one core component of being present online. We experienced pedagogy and digital tools that allow us to bring that component of online community building to life. Asynchronous discussion and sharing amongst participants was encouraged between Zoom sessions. 

Each participant needed a laptop or desktop with a functional camera and microphone for all learning sessions. WiFi and Internet access are required.

Driving Questions for Each Session:

Session 1 (October 1, 2020 from 1:00PM - 2:30PM) - Bringing Ourselves into Online Spaces: How do we invite and sustain emotional connection online? 

Session 2 (October 15, 2020 from 1:00PM - 2:30PM) - Recognizing Others in Online Spaces: How do we communicate and collaborate around meaningful content in online spaces? 

Session 3 (October 29, 2020 from 1:00PM - 2:30PM) - Moving Forward Together: How do we shift from “me to we” to become a unified group with shared values and goals, a true online community?

Fee for Series:

$54.00 for the 3 sessions series



Mindy Gold

Mindy Gold is the Founder and Lead Consultant of EdtechMMG, an education consulting firm. Her work and research focus on relationship-centered professional learning and educational technology. Mindy blends the power of digital and non-digital technologies to create communities of learners around reflective practice in online and face-to-face learning. She is the Graduate Program Leader of the Mandel Teacher Educator Institute (MTEI) and a Coach for the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. She has also taught as an Instructor for Gratz College’s NEXT program. Mindy holds a Masters in Teaching from National Louis University (Chicago, IL) and a Certificate in Jewish Education from The University of Cincinnati. She lives in Nashville, TN with her husband and two sons.




Area of Work

  • EC - Early Childhood
  • FE - Family Engagement
  • CL - Congregational Learning
  • AS&B - After School and Beyond
  • T - Teens


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