In this article, I share a few ideas—starting with the simplest and working through some more complicated endeavors—that may assist you in bringing more engagement to your online classroom.
Clever ideas to improve engagement in your online course. Use them!
Establishing a connection with online learners is a demonstrated strategy for increasing student motivation in online classes (Jones, Kolloff & Kolloff, 2008) and a marker of instructor excellence (Palloff & Pratt, 2011). Employing the the behaviors and strategies noted below is an effective step towards making your online students’ learning more relevant and increasing their investment in your class (DuCharme-Hansen, Dupin-Bryant, 2005).
I dare you to read these lists of behavior and strategy ideas and not find something new. Great resource.
“When students relate to an online instructor as something more than a subject matter expert and begin to conceive of themselves as part of a larger community, they are more likely to be motivated, be satisfied with their learning, and succeed in achieving the course objectives (Picciano, 2002; Rovai & Barnum, 2003; Richardson & Swan, 2003). The end goals of humanized online learning are fostered through integrating learners voices, engaging students in the active construction of knowledge, fostering emotional connections, and providing students with choices. Ultimately, humanized learning increases the relevance of content to learners and improves one’s motivation to log-in week-after-week.”
There is lots to be learned by just reading the syllabus for this two week online training from Cal-State University Channel Islands!
This checklist represents the combined wisdom of many online professionals. The Online Professional Development program at UW-Stout uses this checklist to help orient all new online instructors.
“Approximately 70 percent of an instructors total effort for he entire course takes place during the precourse-through-first-week window, this is known as the 70/30 rule. Preparation and communication are the keys to success in all types of education but most especially in online education.”
~ Making the Move to eLearning Putting Your Course Online Kay Lehmann; Lisa Chamberlin