Cognitive engagement is important to student success in any learning environment. ... Engaging students in a meaningful, relevant fashion is difficult regardless of whether a course is face to face or online. The challenge for online instructors lies in transferring and adapting teaching strategies that are effective in the face-to-face classroom to be relevant for fostering student engagement in the online classroom. In essence, the greatest barriers are perceived limitations in what instructors can do in the faceless, physically isolated environment of online learning."
Via Sue Hellman at UNB