There's Nothing Virtual About Online Relationships: Creating Community By Being Truly Present

February 4 - 11, 2021

Due to its high registration numbers and successful run in October 2020, we are offering this series again!

This three-session course will delve into how to create community online. Going beyond tools and techniques, we will explore 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 will consider 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 will meet synchronously on Zoom three times. In each session, we will take a closer look at one core component of being present online. We will experience pedagogy and digital tools that allow us to bring that component of online community building to life. Asynchronous discussion and sharing amongst participants will be encouraged between Zoom sessions. 

Each participant will need 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 (February 4, 2021, from 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM ET) - Bringing Ourselves into Online Spaces: How do we invite and sustain emotional connection online? 

Session 2 (February 9, 2021 from 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM ET) - Recognizing Others in Online Spaces: How do we communicate and collaborate around meaningful content in online spaces? 

Session 3 (February 11, 2021, from 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM ET) - 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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