Strengthen Student Community Building in Digital Spaces



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Get strategic about enhancing online community building for spring 2021.


As you reflect on this fall and prepare for another partially or fully remote semester, you may have found some successful strategies that have helped students build community online and others that have fallen flat. As students return after an unorthodox fall term, it will be more important than ever to strengthen online community building.

Join us to learn how to build digital communities that foster meaningful engagement and connection in co-curricular spaces. In this hands-on training, our expert instructor will walk you through four principles for building community online — inclusivity, impact, intentionality, and interactivity — and teach you how to create, measure, and sustain your community throughout the year. You will leave with an individualized plan for your digital community regardless of the co-curricular initiative you are focused on.


Who Should Attend

This training is primarily designed for student affairs or student success professionals who:

  • Are focused on improving online community building for a co-curricular activity, program, or initiative for the spring semester
  • Would like to learn how to build community online, especially for students, within that activity or program

Student leaders who are tasked with creating and/or moderating digital communities are also encouraged to attend.


Limited Attendance

In order to ensure a high-quality learning experience, we have intentionally designed this Virtual Training to have a limited number of total attendees. To ensure access from both paying participants and also from those who have an All-Inclusive membership, when the membership cap is reached, only paying participants can register after that point (while spaces are still available). If you have questions about whether this program is right for you, please contact us.

The Academic Impressions Online Learning Experience

Intentionally Designed
Online Learning

Our virtual trainings go far beyond just replicating PowerPoint presentations online: these experiences are intentionally designed to give you the kind of robust and dynamic learning experience you’ve come to expect from Academic Impressions. These trainings provide you with an active learning environment and an online space where you can explore ideas, get inspired by what your peers are doing, and understand the range of possibilities around a certain topic. You will leave these sessions with practical solutions that you can take back to your team or task force.

What you will get:

  • A dynamic, interactive, and high-touch virtual learning experience designed to engage and set you up for growth
  • Seamless online face-time, networking, group work, and Q&A opportunities from the comfort of your own workspace
  • Practical takeaways and hands-on knowledge
  • Guidance from vetted subject matter experts
  • Unlimited access to all recorded online sessions


December 7, 2020

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern


Opening & Introductions

1:00 – 1:10 p.m.



Building Digital Spaces

1:10 – 2:00 p.m.
Learn the building blocks of crafting engaging and meaningful digital communities in co-curricular spaces. You will gain practical knowledge that will help you choose the right digital platform for your students. Selecting the right platform for your community is just one key component for purposeful digital engagement. Our expert speaker will ground your learning in her Digital Community Building Framework that will help you create online communities that are:

  • Intentional
  • Interactive
  • Inclusive
  • Impactful



Q&A and Break

2:00 – 2:10 p.m.




2:10 – 2:20 p.m.
This section allows you to create an outline of what your digital community will look like by applying what you have learned in the previous session.



Group Sharing

2:20 – 2:45 p.m.
As a group, you will share community designs and help each other improve your thinking through interactive collaboration. This will allow you to adjust your digital community plan in a peer-to-peer setting.



Action Planning

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.
As we wrap up, you will create an implementation plan for your refined digital community design. You will answer key questions such as:

  • What will it take to make this community come to life?
  • What resources will you need?
  • What can you start today that will get the ball rolling?


Portrait of Josie Alquist

Josie Ahlquist

Digital Engagement and Leadership Speaker, Author, Consultant & Coach, Florida State University Research Associate & Leadership Instructor

Dr. Josie Ahlquist is a digital engagement and leadership researcher, speaker, and consultant. She teaches teens, young adults, education professionals, and campus executives how to humanize technology tools and prioritize building online community.

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