Coffee CourseEngagement

Engaging Students Online

Studying together at computer labMore and more material is being put online for students to use, but are they engaging with it? It’s a common scenario for discussion forums to remain empty, and for teachers to be unsure if students are using the material they are putting online. How can you foster student activity, conversation, and engagement in your online courses?

This coffee course will discuss strategies for encouraging and facilitating student engagement in your course sites. It will investigate the differences between online and face-to-face learning, and explore how to involve students more in their online learning. Participants will learn: techniques for adapting classroom activities for online, how to develop successful online activities, how to communicate effectively online, and to effectively build sustained engagement in online courses.

Course Dates

This course was run from 8 February to 15 February 2017, but is accessible online to anyone interested. There are 6 blog posts that will take about 10-15 minutes to work through – just click on the links below.


Course Facilitators

This course was offered by your regular Coffee Course facilitators, Katie Freund and Janene Harman from ANU Online.

All are welcome

We welcome all staff, including tutors, demonstrators, professional staff, and academics at the Australian National University and beyond to join us for this course.

How does the course work?

All you need to do is visit the home page of this blog and click on the red Subscribe button (scroll down to the red banner to find it) to receive future posts. We invite you to comment and discuss on each post. Feel free to participate as much or as little as you prefer.

Technology-Enhanced Learning in Higher Education Certificate

Go here to learn more on getting recognised for your participation in coffee courses (ANU Staff only).


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