Promoting Asynchronous Student Engagement

In order to keep students engaged in your course, frequent communication is essential, whether synchronous or asynchronous, text-based or video-based. Designing your course to promote student engagement involves creating multiple means for the students to participate and to also establish a safe, trusting relationship with one another. Consider the mindsets, practices, and pedagogies that will support safe online learning environments for our students. Consider what can be done asynchronously and what needs to be synchronous.

If you are new to teaching online, be sure to review the module "Promoting Student Engagement" in the Basic Steps to Teaching Online Tutorial.

When using active learning students are engaged in more activities than just listening. They are involved in dialog, debate, writing, and problem-solving, as well as higher-order thinking, e.g., analysis, synthesis, evaluation.

Charles C. Bonwell and James A. Eison  |  Active Learning: Creating Excitement in the Classroom

Building a Social Presence in Your Course

Building an Online Community

How can I start building a social presence in my course(s) to promote student engagement?

Other Ideas to Engage Students

  1. 100 Activities for Motivating and Retaining Learners Online from Curtis J. Bonk and Elaine Khoo
  2. Ideas for creating an inclusive classroom from UT
  3. Top 10 Tips for Designing an Engaging Learning Environment from CAST