Being engaged with your online learners throughout the course is one of the three biggest weaknesses of online teachers. It is also one of the three biggest ways to take your online course to the next level, making it a superior learning experience for your learners.
Come experience how to do it from the creator of the concept and practice of ‘continual engagement’ in teaching. Discover how to build student success through your interaction, how to give online learners feedback, communicating with them about everything from subject matter to delicate issues to grading.
You will come away with advanced, practical, how-to tips from one of the foremost authorities on fostering online discussion. And you will see how your instructor models great interaction and engagement in the online environment.
One month course, Mary Dereshiwsky, COI, instructor
optional additional $40 USD paid later for graduate credit from the University of South Dakota.
How Continual Engagement Helps You Foster Effective Online Discussions
What is continual engagement?
Why is continual engagement important?
Breaking down the barriers to effective continual engagement in your discussion interaction
Building Your Students’ Success through Your Interaction
Why continual engagement in online discussion is important to your students’ success
Choosing your words carefully in discussion interaction
Strategies to use at the beginning of your term
Strategies to use as the term gets underway
Strategies to use when things get hectic
Assessing Your Students’ Performance
Giving effective feedback
Communicating with students about grades
Some special challenges of group work and how to overcome them
Keeping Your Communication Skills Sharp
How networking with your peers can build your skills
Using break times effectively
Working with an assistant
How online interaction enhances your face-to-face instruction
About online learning
Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends. It’s easy. It’s fun.
How the Course Works
It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom. You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.
Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.
Participate when you want
You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate.
For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.
What you will do
For each Unit, you will:
Read the print readings (about 20 pages a week)
Have the option of accessing the online readings
Listen to the audio presentation for the Unit and view the slides
Have the option of taking a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants
For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each week.
The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.
The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.
Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.
We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each week to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.
It’s easy. It’s fun.