The 4 Connections are simple practices that many faculty members already apply to build relationships with their students. As we enter the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, these practices are more meaningful than ever - students in 4 Connections classes at COD reported increased feelings of belonging and support and appreciated their instructor’s empathy, flexibility, organization, and feedback. Implementations at community colleges have shown a positive correlation between 4 Connections practices and an equitable improvement in in-class retention rates, as well as increased student success and persistence.
Incorporating these practices into your classroom - whether face-to-face, online, or hybrid - can be as straightforward as adopting a new technology or as involved as redesigning your curriculum. Learn about the rationale for adopting the 4 Connections and then click through to see strategies, tools, and resources you can start using now.