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Engaging students online – Day 5

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Create a communication and engagement plan As we approach the end of this course, we’ll be doing something a little bit different. There won’t be much content from the facilitators; rather, I’d like you to use your 10 minutes for this post to create a communication and engagement plan for […]

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Engaging students online – Day 4

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Issues with engagement and participation Thus far in the course we have been discussing the value of student engagement and participation in online learning. While it has been proven by many studies that engagement leads to improved outcomes for students (see Kahn 2014), a growing body of literature is questioning […]

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Engaging students online – Day 3

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Strategies for effective forum discussions In this post, we will extend our discussion from last week on teacher and social presence and look at some strategies for effectively managing discussions in your online course sites. The focus will be on managing forum discussions, as forums are the most commonly used […]

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Engaging students online – Day 2

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What is social presence, and why does it matter? There is a growing body of literature which demonstrates that it is much more common for online or distance students to suffer from feelings of isolation during their study, and this isolation contributes to disengagement (see, for example, Delahunty et al. […]

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Engaging students online – Day 1

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In this coffee course, we’ll be looking at some strategies to foster engagement in online teaching and learning spaces, whether it be for fully online courses or just in your Wattle (Moodle, or LMS) course site. To get us started, this post will look at some of the aspects of […]