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Engaging Students in an Online Enviroment

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  • Maintain consistent expectations and course goals in online classes and communicate them clearly to students.
  • Design online courses in a way that facilitates “active learning” and encourages student interaction.
  • Consider the benefits and challenges of online learning from the student perspective when structuring online class modules. Adapt your teaching methods accordingly – online learning has no one size fits all solution.
  • Use the online discussion space to engage with students, offering feedback, support, and encouragement to share their ideas about the class material.
  • Seeing the teacher’s face in a video is not enough. Online students expect the professor to project an interest in the material they are teaching, whether via live video or pre-recorded lecture.
  • Encourage the application of real-world ideas in coursework, rather than asking students to simply recall factual information.
  • If you are assigning students a lot of reading, it is especially important in the online environment to follow the readings with related tasks or discussions.

Best Practice: Consider the benefits and challenges of online learning from the student perspective when structuring class modules. Adapt your teaching methods accordingly – online learning has no one size fits all solution.

Best Practice: Use the online discussion space to engage with students, offering feedback, support, and encouragement to share their ideas about the class material.

Best Practice: Encourage the application of real-world ideas in coursework, rather than asking students to simply recall factual information.

Best Practice: If you are assigning students a lot of reading, it is especially important in the online environment to follow the readings with related tasks or discussion.

Best Practice: Consider the benefits and challenges of online learning from the student perspective when structuring class modules. Adapt your teaching methods accordingly – online learning has no one size fits all solution.

Best Practice: Encourage the application of real-world ideas in coursework, rather than asking students to simply recall factual information.

Best Practice: Seeing the teacher’s face in a video is not enough. Online students expect the professor to project an interest in the material they are teaching, whether via live video or pre-recorded lecture.

Best Practice: Encourage the application of real-world ideas in coursework, rather than asking students to simply recall factual information.

Best practice: Consider the benefits and challenges of online learning from the student perspective when structuring online class modules. Adapt your teaching methods accordingly – online learning has no one size fits all solution.

Best practice: Design online courses in a way that facilitates “active learning” and encourages student interaction.

Best Practice: If you are assigning students a lot of reading, it is especially important in the online environment to follow the readings with related tasks or discussion.

Best Practice: Use the online discussion space to engage with students, offering feedback, support, and encouragement to share their ideas about the class material.

Best Practice: Maintain consistent expectations and course goals in online classes and communicate them clearly to students.

Best Practice: Design online courses in a way that facilitates “active learning” and encourages student interaction.

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