Title

Lessons in Engagement from Online Students

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Online Learning – Research

Abstract

Engagement in the classroom is essential for student learning. In a virtual setting, however, engagement can be challenging, and professors might not know what activities contribute to learning engagement in the online environment. To investigate this, a survey of students taking at least one online course at a state university during a spring semester was conducted. Analysis of responses to the survey’s open-ended questions revealed that students found certain aspects of online discussions and interactive assignments engaging, especially those that prompted students with thought-provoking questions related to “real-world” situations and invited students to share diverse opinions and develop personal perspectives.

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Room 3

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Jan 25th, 2:15 PM Jan 25th, 3:00 PM

Lessons in Engagement from Online Students

Room 3

Engagement in the classroom is essential for student learning. In a virtual setting, however, engagement can be challenging, and professors might not know what activities contribute to learning engagement in the online environment. To investigate this, a survey of students taking at least one online course at a state university during a spring semester was conducted. Analysis of responses to the survey’s open-ended questions revealed that students found certain aspects of online discussions and interactive assignments engaging, especially those that prompted students with thought-provoking questions related to “real-world” situations and invited students to share diverse opinions and develop personal perspectives.