Research Brief: Experiences of Microaffirmations in an Online Degree Program




microaffirmations, online students, adult learners, student experience


Background: Microaffirmations are brief statements of support and inclusion that can have a powerful influence on students, particularly those who feel disconnected.
Aim: The aim of this pilot study was to explore self-reports of microaffirmations from adult students in a nursing degree program offered in an online format at a large public institution of higher education.
Methods: Responses from online students, collected as part of a larger study on microaffirmations among undergraduate students across all instructional modalities, were gathered and framed as a pilot study to appreciate experiences of virtual microaffirmations and to determine if a study focused specifically on microaffirmations among online learners would be feasible and fruitful.
Results: Results indicated that students who received microaffirmations reported higher levels of connectedness and belonging as well as positive mood and self-efficacy.
Conclusions: Implications for practice include infusing microaffirmations as part of discussion boards, feedback on assignments, and routine check-ins with students. Rich insights from analysis suggest that a large-scale study of microaffirmations in online learning environments would be productive and worthwhile.




How to Cite

Demetriou, C., & Lantz, C. D. (2024). Research Brief: Experiences of Microaffirmations in an Online Degree Program. Building Healthy Academic Communities Journal, 8(1), 22–26.



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