Why is Student Engagement Essential

Tina Rosen, Education Technology Insights | Thursday, May 27, 2021

Students are more likely to engage themselves in an activity and complete it if they understand why they are doing it and how it would affect them.

FREMONT, CA: In today's dynamic lifelong learning market, an online course that simply offers knowledge is no better than any other. The organization must set itself apart by providing students with online courses that engage, interact, and transform them. Follow the steps below to increase online student engagement, enabling to improve student satisfaction, perceived learning, and actual learning.

Prepare students for the online learning experience.

Students who are used to studying in a classroom or meeting room can find it challenging to adapt to online learning. Offer them an overview of online learning, the association's Learning Management System (LMS), and their online course to help them succeed in this new world.  Require all students to complete an online learning orientation the first time they enroll in one of the online educational programs.

Describe how online learning differs from conventional classroom learning. Give time management, goal-setting, and job preparation and prioritization advice. Show them around the LMS with a guided video tour, pointing out the various features and functionality, including the online community. Show them where to look for materials, assignments, and tests and how to interact with their teacher and classmates.

Present Learning Materials That Are Well-Organized and Easy to Understand

Students must be able to locate their course content, discussions, tests, and documents with ease in the LMS. Anything they require should be right where they expect to find it. Instructors, too, have a part to play. To avoid student misunderstanding, course materials should be arranged and labeled consistently. Students may use checklists for each lesson or module to see how far they have progressed and how far they still have to go, giving them a sense of accomplishment.

Evaluate Learning Outcomes Regularly

The instructor's introduction video should also go into the course's learning objectives. These learning results should be mentioned in the course description to know what to expect and whether or not the course is appropriate for them. Students are looking for impact rather than detail. Tell them what they will be able to do on taking the course, not what information the curriculum includes. Throughout the course, remind students of the benefits they can expect if they stick with it. Instructors should clarify the intent of each course activity and how it relates to the course's learning objectives. Students are more likely to engage themselves in an activity and complete it if they understand why they are doing it and how it would affect them.

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