Susan M. Zvacek, Ph.D. University of Kansas Rosemary Dixon, M. Phil. University of Nevada, Reno Thinking in Action: Learner Engagement in Exemplary Online Courses
The Exemplary Course Program Course Design Goals and Objectives Student Engagement Content, Organization, and Clarity Interaction & Collaboration Based on Learning and Course Goals Variety of Communication Tools Used
The Exemplary Course Program Assessment Alignment with Objectives Formative (feedback!) & Summative Learner Support Orientation and Training Technical and Pedagogical
Engaging Online Courses? Courses are more than content Engagement requires us to participate… to be doing something meaningful with course content How do we know students are engaged? In online classes? In f2f classes?
Why is Engagement Important? Cognitive Processing: Manipulation moves information to long-term memory Constructivism: Active participation is required for learners (humans) to build knowledge structures
To Engage Online Students: Connect Conceptual/Theoretical Material and Real-world Application ExpectFrequent, Meaningful Demonstrations of Progress Expect students to “claim their education”
Comparing Portrayals of Palin and Clinton
Advice to Future Students
Wiki Project: Comparison of ID Models
Student-led Elluminate Sessions
Summary Engagement is how we know that our students are “in class” with online coursework. Expect your students to be responsible for their learning and to own their decisions about choosing to be engaged. Online coursework can serve as a positive model for traditional courses in which the teacher does most of the heavy lifting.
For more info: Susan Zvacekszvacek@ku.edu Rosemary Dixonrdixon@unr.edu Exemplary Course Programhttp://connections.blackboard.edu(under EffectivePractices)