In the age of online learning, colleges across the country have a growing student population that never actually steps foot onto the brick and mortar campus they are studying from. Taking this into consideration, Drexel University’s online programs wanted to foster a sense of Drexel school spirit and instill a sense of community to the online learners by sending out an engaging Welcome Kit to all new students.
Online learning has to contend with a lot of competition for a learner’s attention. Alternatives are always just a mouse-click or a finger-tap away. How can a designer counter the ever-present distractions? Here are a half-dozen quick ideas for getting and maintaining learner engagement.
Learning online can be a very lonely process. You sit with your computer, working for the most part in a quarantined digital island, unaware of your peers and their struggles in the course. In this post I want to highlight some ways of connecting online students and creating a vibrant learning co
Online classes can be mechanical in nature and feel distant for students, which typically results in low student engagement and retention in the class, or it can be an environment that stimulates an interest in learning and promotes meaningful interactions. Who has the greatest influence when it comes to the type of class environment that is experienced, the students or their instructor? It is the instructor who establishes the classroom conditions and students in turn respond or react to what t
At InstructureCon 2015, I attended the presentation “Creating Online Learning Communities through Discussion Boards” by Marcella Caprario and Belinda Clements from Council on International Educational Exchange – Teaching English as a Foreign Language (CIEE-TEFL) The presentation highlighted three key findings after a year of analyzing discussion board posts in their course and researching different theories of student engagement in the online space. Instructor presence, when frequent and planned
Guest blogger Nicolas Pino James, a teacher researcher focused on effective learning and teaching, suggests four motivational tool technologies for engaging students with course material in and out of class: myBrainshark, PosterMyWall,...
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