Title

Creating Effective Student Engagement in Online Courses: What Do Students Find Engaging?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2010

Publication Source

Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Volume

10

Issue

2

Inclusive pages

1-13

Publisher

Indiana University

ISBN/ISSN

15279316

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

While this paper set out to discover what activities and/or interaction channels might be expected to lead to more highly engaged students, what it found was a bit different. After first creating a scale to measure online student engagement, and then surveying 186 students from six campuses in the Midwest, the results indicate that there is no particular activity that will automatically help students to be more engaged in online classes. However, the results also suggest that multiple communication channels may be related to higher engagement and that student-student and instructor-student communication are clearly strongly correlated with higher student engagement with the course, in general. Thus, advice for online instructors is still to use active learning but to be sure to incorporate meaningful and multiple ways of interacting with students and encouraging/requiring students to interact with each other.

Keywords

active learning, online teaching, social presence, student engagement

Disciplines

Communication | Curriculum and Instruction

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