2 Key Ways to Increase Student Engagement

By Education Technology Insights | Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Clear course navigation is essential, and the style of rubric selected by the tutor, whether free or charged, will have a considerable influence on the user experience.

FREMONT, CA: One of the most persistent obstacles for online faculty teaching is seeking ways to create the same degree of interpersonal contact with students in person. Such engagement is crucial for student success. Researchers at one university observed that the key determinant of students' grades was the degree of interpersonal contact between students and the teacher and between students themselves. Pupils who communicated more earned a complete grade higher than those who did not have interpersonal interaction.

Two ways to simplify and humanize the design of online courses include:

1. Maximize Clarity in Online Course Structure and NavigationTop Student Engagement Solution Companies

Often extremely interactive material will be challenging for students to comprehend if the teacher has structured a course in a confounding way. Clear course navigation is essential, and the style of rubric selected by the tutor, whether free or charged, will have a considerable influence on the user experience.

To prepare an online course, teachers can begin with an end in mind: first, determine which learning goals instructors will judge students on and what students can learn in the course. Then relate the lessons and the goals of the chapter to those objectives. In addition, each learning module or unit should be linear and simple to find. One of the benefits of online learning is that students have all the content at their fingertips, making it easier to revisit if needed—but only if it is easy and intuitive to find.

2. Add a Personal Touch with Videos by Learners and Lecturers

Student feedback has demonstrated that when students believe that a teacher is attempting to connect with them online, they are more likely to invest their resources into the course. Teachers can make a one-minute introductory video and a three-minute course tour that describes the navigation and syllabus.

Other suggestions include week-long updates and motivational posts, spontaneous videos anytime an educator comes across something important for sharing, and clips that include input on student work. To encourage further interaction, invite students to post their own video work: introductions, interviews, practical skills demos, and peer feedback after students submit the first draft of the project.

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