WAYS TO OVERCOME BARRIERS TO STUDENT ENGAGEMENT ONLINE
Create an introductory activity
Come up with an interactive way for students to get to know each other.
Make first contact before course
Reach out to the students before the course starts and introduce yourself.
Have a place where students can post relevant resources that they find with one another.
Provide opportunities for interaction
Encourage students to be active in discussion forums. Create group projects so students can work together.
Offer frequent and detailed directions
Provide clear and concise directions wherever possible. Ensure that students know your expectations.
Establish contact methods and hours
Ensure that students know your email and the best time to contact you. Consider online office hours.
Give effective and timely feedback
Be involved in discussion forms and make sure that students are always aware of their course progress.
Have a course calendar and send constant reminders about important deadlines.
Use a variety of multimedia
Keep all types of learners engaged by using various types of content to convey each topic.
Chunk your content
Break information down into smaller pieces and organize content in a logical manner.
Jack Frey / The College of New Jersey