Attending an online institution can be isolating at times. Writing a project study/doctoral study/dissertation can also be isolating, especially once the coursework phase is completed, and most of the time is devoted to a specific research project. Being a multilingual or international student can add an additional layer to the level of isolation because of language or cultural differences. Paltridge and Starfield (2007) also noted that multilingual students often have less access to research culture and social networks than their native-speaking peers.
To help overcome this isolation,