Student engagement is a necessity for many teachers. But for teachers teaching online, keeping students engaged is even more crucial.
For many years, when learning was strictly within a classroom, teachers had to facilitate learning by grading student work efficiently and fairly, evaluating students and their work productively, creating a safe, active learning environment, all while managing an entire classroom.
However, with the advent of online learning, many of those physical barriers fall away.
But how do you keep students engaged in an online environment?
Teachers in this day and age must have the answer to that question, especially since more and more students are taking online classes and switching to online learning. In fact, more than 5.7 million students had taken an online course in 2014.
With huge numbers of students learning online, it’s imperative for teachers to engage them online, as well. This urge proves even greater considering that less than 11 percent of community college students don’t complete a course. And that’s just postsecondary education. Recently, keeping students engaged so that they see the course to completion is one of the largest hurdles to overcome in online learning.
So what keeps students interested and engaged online?
By providing interactive and engaging activities, teachers can facilitate productive and active learning in an online environment. By including these types of learning activities, teachers can expect that:
- Students will be better engaged
- Students will have a more personal learning experience
- Students will engage more with their peers
To help illustrate how teachers can facilitate this engagement online, we put together Student Engagement Applied to the Online Environment, an exclusive whitepaper for those teaching or learning in an online environment.
Have you found other methods to increase student engagement online? Let us know in the comment section below!