Engaging our Online Students

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Student Engagement

Student EngagementJim Marteney

Online Learning can be very lonelyHow do you make our students part of a learning community?

How do we get our students engaged in our class?

What Does It Even Mean to Be Engaged?

Levels of Student EngagementAssigned tasks have meaning and value to the student Authentic EngagementStudent will persist even when task is difficultHigh AttentionHigh Commitment

Levels of Student EngagementAssigned tasks have little meaning or direct value to the student Strategic ComplianceStudent will persist to obtain extrinsic rewards, like gradesHigh AttentionLow Commitment

Levels of Student EngagementStudent willing to expend effort to avoid negative consequencesRitual ComplianceEmphasis is to meet minimum requirementsLow AttentionLow Commitment

Levels of Student EngagementStudent disengaged from taskRetreatismStudent is not disruptiveNo AttentionNo CommitmentStudent does not participate and learns little

Levels of Student EngagementStudent refuses to do taskRebellianStudent is disruptiveDiverted AttentionNo CommitmentStudent tries to substitute tasksStudent develops negative attitude towards education

Putting It Back Together

Why arent all students engaged?Could it be our fault?What do we do to create disengaged students?

How do you get your students engaged?

What is Quality Matters?A set of quality standards for online course designA faculty-centered peer review process for online courses

What is Quality Matters?A tool used by instructional design staff their work with facultyA professional development opportunity for both faculty and staff

Faculty-driven

Peer ReviewReview Process that is

CollaborativeContinuous

Collegial

Centered

Quality Matters Rubric

Rubric Standards Course Overview and Introduction Learning Objectives Assessment and Measurement Instructional Materials Learner Interaction and Engagement Course Technology Learner Support Accessibility

Rubric Standards Course Overview and Introduction Learning Objectives Assessment and Measurement Instructional Materials Learner Interaction and Engagement Course Technology Learner Support AccessibilityGeneral Standard 5Learner Interaction and Engagement

Course components that promote active learning process and to learner persistence.General Standard 5Learner Interaction and Engagement

The learning activities promote the achievement of the stated learning objectives or competencies Learning activities provide opportunities for interaction that support active learning The instructors plan for classroom response time and feedback on assignments is clearly stated. The requirements for learner interaction are clearly stated.General Standard 5

General Standard 5The Key:Critical course components reinforcer one another The learning activities promote the achievement of the stated learning objectives or competencies.Alignment

General Standard 5The Key:Alignment

Do your activities line up with your modules? with your objectives? The learning activities promote the achievement of the stated learning objectives or competencies.

General Standard 5Learning activities align with the course and module objectives or competencies, as well as with assessments, instructional materials, and course technologies by engaging learners in activities that promote mastery of the stated learning objectives or competencies.

The learning activities promote the achievement of the stated learning objectives or competencies.General Standard 5The purpose of learning activities is to facilitate the learners achievement of the stated objectives or competencies.

The learning activities promote the achievement of the stated learning objectives or competencies.General Standard 5 Learning activities provide opportunities for interaction that support active learning

Activities encourage learners engagement through different types of interaction as appropriate to the course.General Standard 5 Learning activities provide opportunities for interaction that support active learning

Interactions are designed as activities to support the course objectives or competencies and may vary with the discipline, purpose and level of the course.General Standard 5 Learning activities provide opportunities for interaction that support active learning

Look for the purpose of the interactions and not just the number of opportunities for the interaction.General Standard 5 Learning activities provide opportunities for interaction that support active learning

Interactions are designed as activities to support the course objectives or competencies and may vary with the discipline, purpose and level of the course.General Standard 5 Learning activities provide opportunities for interaction that support active learning

Types of interaction include:learner-instructorlearner- contentlearner- learnerGeneral Standard 5 Learning activities provide opportunities for interaction that support active learning

General Standard 5 Learning activities provide opportunities for interaction that support active learning

Active learning involves learners engaging by doing something , such as:discoveringprocessingapplying conceptsapplying informationGeneral Standard 5 Learning activities provide opportunities for interaction that support active learning

Active learning entails guiding learners to increasing levels of responsibility for their own learning

General Standard 5 Learning activities provide opportunities for interaction that support active learning

Activities for learner - instructor interaction might include:assignment or project submitted for instructor feedbacksynchronous or asynchronous discussionsfrequently asked questions -FAQ moderated by the instructor

What might you try?General Standard 5 Learning activities provide opportunities for interaction that support active learning

Activities for learner - learner interaction might include:synchronous or asynchronous discussionsgroup projectspeer review creating or evaluating

What might you try?General Standard 5 Learning activities provide opportunities for interaction that support active learning

Activities for learner - content interaction might include:testing multiple times using test poolslists in discussionspowerpoint or video projectscomputer created activities

What might you try?General Standard 5 The instructors plan for classroom response time and feedback on assignments is clearly stated

The course provides clear information about when learners will receive instructor responses to emails and discussion postings, feedback on assignments, and grades. General Standard 5 The instructors plan for classroom response time and feedback on assignments is clearly stated

Learners are better able to manage their course activities when they know upfront when to expect feedback from the instructorGeneral Standard 5 The instructors plan for classroom response time and feedback on assignments is clearly stated

Frequent feedback from the instructor increases learners sense of engagement in a courseGeneral Standard 5 The instructors plan for classroom response time and feedback on assignments is clearly stated

This information typically appears in he course syllabus.General Standard 5 The instructors plan for classroom response time and feedback on assignments is clearly stated

Where else could this information appear?

General Standard 5 The requirements for learner interaction are clearly stated.

It is not enough to Ill know it when I see it.

The learning activities promote the achievement of the stated learning objectives or competencies Learning activities provide opportunities for interaction that support active learning The instructors plan for classroom response time and feedback on assignments is clearly stated. The requirements for learner interaction are clearly stated.General Standard 5

Ways toHumanizing Your Class

Let Them Get to Know You

Use Familiar Language

Make your Discussions interesting

Make it their classLet them Contribute Content

Use pictures Put yourself in pictures and videos

Previewing a Unit

Previewing a Unit

be clear Let them know exactly what is going on. Dont have them avoid the class because of confusion. Overwrite if neededKeep Them InformedCourse Map

Keep Them Informed

Keep Them InformedModule

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Offer Positive comments

Offer Positive comments Public PrivateThank you Now Go Forth and Engage Your Students