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I have learned that obtaining feedback from students to assess the technology with ongoing feedback through the course so changes can be implemented immediately throughout the course so that the entire communication tool can be assess
switching every 20 minutes from a video clip , to the book, to the white board to draw a picture

From this module, I've learned about various strategies for engaging online learners. I've explored the importance of social engagement, such as fostering a sense of community, encouraging collaboration, and providing opportunities for interaction. I've also delved into motivational engagement, discovering ways to motivate learners through intrinsic and extrinsic factors, such as setting clear goals, providing feedback, and creating a supportive learning environment.

Again, there is time needed, on the part of the instructor in order to create a course gaming environment, "If you do your research, gather the right tools and throw in a little hard work and dedication...", easier said than done.

Robin Johnson

I have previously used this type of learning, but in the classroom, by preparing a Jeopardy game in order for the students to be in a group setting and validate skills/terms already learned. I agree with those that say that the preparation on the part of the instructor is very time consuming, particularly if you want to use it on a regular basis. More resources would be helpful. Robin Johnson

I always believe in doing discovery and not approaching students roughly or with accusations and this module helped validate that. It gave specific techniques and examples to utilize and I think we can make small tweaks to our communication as an organization to perhaps have increased retention. 

Our program has some video/face-to-face elements, but I really like the idea of instructors taking video of themselves out in the world to humanize themselves. I think this can be a great relationship tool and make the students feel more at home with the instructors, generally. 

So far, there is not a lot of new information for me in this course. Our students are all over the map, demographically; some 18-24, some 35-65 working full-time, on disability, parents, whomever. Many do not have the needed tech skills to be successful and we have two people on staff who work with them as their main job.  We reach out when we don't see submissions in Canvas after 5 days, ask if they need a tutor, etc. and our retention is still not great. I'm waiting to hear the "secret sauce" here because we have excellent support and… >>>

I learned how to determine the correct technology devise

I don't use social media in my classes, so this course helped me to realize I could use it and hopefully improve engagement with my online students.  There is much to learn.  I am not a big social media user, more of an observer, so to increase the use of it in my classes, I need to increase my use of it in more areas than just personal relationship.

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