Published: Oct. 10, 2023

Taking an online course can look different from taking a course in a traditional classroom, but that does not mean you have to miss out on interacting with your instructor and peers. 

Fortunately, there are several ways for online students to stay engaged, foster connections and virtually network.

Depending on your program, the following opportunities may be available to you to help you build relationships within your educational community: 

  • Cohort learning: Progress through coursework with the same group of students.  
  • Discussion boards or groups: Connect virtually with other students to discuss that week’s topics, pose questions, engage in thoughtful debates, and share insights.  
  • Networking events: Meet with program alumni, industry professionals, and your peers to discuss your career path and learn how others are forging their own paths.
  • Admitted students events: Connect with your peers, program faculty, and staff to learn more about your chosen program.
  • Social media groups: Join a dedicated social media group for current and former students of your program. These communities can help you connect with classmates, exchange ideas, and even plan virtual meetups during and sometimes after your time in the program..
  • Group projects: Collaborate with your peers while working on semester projects that are directly relevant to your learning. 

By choosing an online program, you are not only gaining the convenience and flexibility of online coursework; you can also develop meaningful connections through a variety of virtual opportunities. 

If you have questions about what to expect in an online program, talk to the admissions specialist or the academic advisor for your program. They can share more specific information about how students and faculty in your particular program engage and can coach you on how to make the most of your educational experience.