Online Student Engagement

I haven’t taught an online course before, but I have noticed in the online courses I have taken that student engagement is not always up to par. The following video provides some tips on how to improve online student engagement from an instructor’s perspective.

The tips discussed in the video are below:

1. Call/Text Students
2. Require Regular Logins
3. Act on Report Data
4. Create Meaningful & Relevant Assignments
5. Explain Your Expectations
6. Assess Online Learning Readiness
7. Time Management Training
8. Assignment Variety & Ownership
9. Add a Live Element
10. Personalize Communication

I haven’t seen tips #1 or #9 in online courses I have taken. I don’t find tip #1 very appropriate as phone numbers are quite personal. Tip #9 though would be nice to see though. My wife is currently taking CPA courses online and her courses have weekly webinars that can be viewed live or by archive. While the webinar is occurring, students can chat live with each other and the instructor. I believe this would be a great feature to engage students in any online course.

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About simoncrothers

I am an Australian who moved to British Columbia, Canada with my family in 1998. After completing my undergraduate degree in mathematics and computing science at Simon Fraser University, I moved back to Australia for several years. During this time I completed a Masters in Computational Mathematics and began my teaching career in mathematics at the University of New South Wales. In 2010, I moved back to Canada and taught computer science at Douglas College for three years. I am currently regular faculty in the Computer Business Systems department at KPU. I have also taught some courses in the Business and Quantitative Methods department at KPU. In my spare time I like to spend time with my wife Jami, who I met in Australia, our three year old daughter Lillian, and our newly born son Aiden. I also like to indulge in the occasional video game and I am involved in various self-employed web development projects.
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