Got a Distracted Online Class? Here Are Key Ways to Keep the Students Engaged

By Education Technology Insights | Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Educators may give feedback personally by communicating directly about their work to students. It can also usually be provided by submitting e-mails or posting common errors or myths to discussion boards.

FREMONT, CA: Most educators think about creating and preserving student engagement in an online course; therefore, they must begin by asking themselves a couple of questions, including how do students engage with the material, their classmates, and the teacher? After consideration of those three questions, one should begin to think about how the specific ways to keep the students engaged in the online course:

Be Present in the Course

Teachers are the ideal focal point for guidance and group bonding. Communicating with and tracking the students' experiences will provide them with confidence that they are on the right track. Educators can make use of the networking resources available online to make their existence known (for instance, e-mail announcements, weekly videos, discussion boards, and virtual office hours).

Employ Active Learning 

Students learn more by engaging with content and with each other to relate their new experience and make correlations to what they already know. So, instructors should consider having the best platforms where these formative experiences are enabled by technologies and offer ways to build on learning practices.

Give Timely Feedback

Practicing on own does not make it perfect. However, experience with prompt and targeted guidance provides students with the knowledge they need to self-regulate learning (such as planning, monitoring, and evaluating). Educators may give feedback personally by communicating directly about their work to students. It can also usually be provided by submitting e-mails or posting common errors or myths to discussion boards. Automated quizzes can also be designed to offer timely feedback to students as soon as they respond.

Build a Safe and Welcoming Environment

Supervisors can translate the fun feeling of the face-to-face course into the online course. People get to know each other by introducing themselves, chatting to each other before the class starts, and feeling relaxed enough to convey them in these netiquette discussions. Therefore, build on spaces for speech to ensure that everyone is respected.

Promoting self-regulation of learning

Students learn more than just their courses' substance; they also learn how to learn more successfully. They should be specifically aware of regulating their learning by preparation, supervision, and assessment periods. Teachers can implicitly illustrate this by modeling these activities and structuring their courses to facilitate self-regulatory learning opportunities.

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