Developing Character Through Online Forums

  • What happens when we weave online education and character education together with the intention of helping online theology students become more virtuous? 

    This course builds on an article by Harrison and Laco that calls educators to 'pay more explicit attention to the cultivation of character and wisdom', while at the same time offering ' theoretical and practical input about how character development could be achieved in an online context' (p.1).  

    After reading the journal article by Harrison, T. and Laco, D., 2022,  'Where is the Character Education in Online Higher Education? Constructivism, Virtue Ethics and Roles of Online Educators' (E-Learning and Digital Media, Vol.0(0) 1-19), you will engage in reflection, evaluation and practice. 

    Course Outcomes

    This course offers a theoretical basis for engaging character education in online contexts and provides practical suggestions for character facilitation in online discussion forums. 

    Course content

  • The case for character education in higher education
  • Challenges to the case for character education in higher education
  • Where’s the character education in online education
  • Theoretical approach: constructivist learning and virtue ethics
  • Similarities between virtue ethics and constructivis
  • Practical approach: higher education teachers as online character educators and facilitators
  • Online character educator (character taught)
  • Online character facilitator (character caught
  • Authorship

    This course is developed by the ICETE Academy based on published materials from SAGE Journals.

    Delivery mode

    This is a self-paced online course.


    This is a nanocourse, entailing 2 hours of learning.

    ICETE Academy points

    2 points.

    Completion requirements

    You will need to read one journal article, respond to a series of questions for reflection and evaluation and  complete a project to lead character facilitation in an online discussion forum with your own students.

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