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.