Strategies to Promote Student Engagement in Online Classes
Online courses are notoriously difficult to engage in active student participation. Through the use of qualitative data in the form of anonymous written feedback from students, various strategies were developed to promote student engagement in online classes. A new online platform was tested with a Learning Management System (LMS), which allowed the instructor to provide live lecture videos, screen share, and hold individual video meetings with students on a need-be basis. Additionally, content was color-coded by week to streamline the material on the LMS. Several weekly forums were required in order to provide community and to facilitate discussion of the material. Student feedback was very positive, including at least one student remarking that, after taking at least 5 online courses, this was the most engaging and interactive online course that she had ever experienced.
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