Motivation is key...remember to tell students Fear is only False Evidence Appearing Real...and the only way Knowledge is power is if that knowledge is applied.
It's interesting that my institution is already considering some of the suggestion mentioned. It's funny, I immediatley went and created a Slack channel for my 9 mentees. Great idea. I am always open to suggestions and these are some good ones.
I have learned the importance of online learning and engaging students in a online environment being able to use learning tools from online and encouraging participation.
I have learned that what we are doing is already trending in the right direction with our most active and engaged students for sure and the next tier as well that are also engaging, but may not be understanding everything that is being taught. I have determined there is a real need to engage the students who are logging on and walking away. This means they are not getting any of the online instruction that they need. It can be hard to determine exactly who is engaged an who is not. Some students also decide that during lecture is the best time to complete missing assignments. This takes away from the material being learned in lecture that may not be available in any of the other forms of study. Time is ultimately the enemy of every online student because distractions at home can pull them away from something really important. We have to find a way to keep them locked in to the learning.
Motivation is key to encouraging students to push through anything to accomplish their dreams. Feedback, discussions, a moment with the instructor will give them what they need to succeed.
After completing this module I find that as a seasoned instructor, I am already doing most of these. I do like the content chunking portion where they can get short or smaller "clips" of information that can lead them to feel more accomplished. Getting burst of information can also help with retaining and recalling information too. Those that struggle with time management this can allow them to "fit in" things in between other things they may have going on and still accomplish their required weekly tasks.
I learned a lot about being mindful of the different ways students access the material. Even though I would never consider trying to read or understand the material by looking at my phone, I need to learn to meet students in the environments that best suit their needs.
I've learned that staying on topic and using power points keep the adult learners interested in what is being taught in the class room. Hands on training is key and verbal communication is also very important when presenting your topic.
Continuing to assess what is working and evaluating areas from improvement are important. Keeping lines of communication open is another reoccurring theme.
So far, I can see from the material presented as well as just me taking this course how important it is to keep students motivated and engaged. Having intermittent "activities" mixed in with the instructional sections was helpful. I appreciate that students all learn differently, and this is helping me to really think more about ways to engage students with different learning styles as well as different motivational styles as well.
I am a work in progress. Today, I took over a class for a comrade who went on vacation. As you might have deducted from the the word start there was no preparation for what I got myself into. Keeping it real and just saying. I was on slippery ice with the students not knowing them or me. They knew what to do in class but equipment and supplies were limited. I wanted the students to be in there perspective groups of three but fate would have it otherwise.
I though it was a matter of participation but it finalized into lack of equipment and motivational support from the students. You have leaders and followers. The advance students took the lead and supported the other students whom did not process the assignment because of being tired from work and other issues. There is a lot going on in the mind of a student. Especially a teacher who has been to war. The battle field was less challenging.
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I think this course pushes me to think about every assignment my students have in each course and evaluate it for effectiveness from an online engagement aspect. Are we giving them just 'busy work' to fulfill a course requirement so they can just earn a grade and move on, or are these assignments including student engagement that is meaningful and leads to real and useful learning after graduation once in their field?
One thing that I have learned is that communication is key in helping to motivate my students. Whether they are a great student who is engaged in the course or one who is struggling, when we communicate with our students that helps to motivate them in their engagement. I also feel that the more visible and active we are in our courses, that shows the students we are engaged and they want to engage more as well.
i learned the importance of student feedback to keep online learners engaged in the process
I have been both an instructor and student in online courses and this has given me better insight for both perspectives. I have learned about better interactions with my students and the importance of specific feedback and individualizing some aspects of the course.
It seems to me a very useful course, it teaches us to know options to interact with students with different tools and maintain their interest in the course
This course really enforced the affect and meaning of instructor and staff engagement. At my previous institution, the technology including our LMS, was severely limited and outdated, and because it offered only asynchronous courses, the president had structured it so that there was 0 contact from instructors. Students would only have content with admissions advisors, academic mentors, and alumni advisors. Receiving feedback from instructors as the content experts is a key component to social engagement though. And having systems that allow for versatile, effective and efficient communication and incorporate useful technology would increase motivational engagement while decreasing procrastination and the number of inactive students.
This course has been helpful to introduce new ways of keeping students engaged in asynchronous courses as well as confirmed that some of the methods that are already being used are good to keep. Making directions available in a variety of ways and introductory activities seem to be the biggest new idea takeaways that I plan on exploring in future courses.
I teach a blended curriculum (half online/half in-person instruction). Since we meet in person, I often overlook the importance of student to student engagement online. I like the idea of incorporating more discussion boards to enhance participation online. I also like the idea of content chunking. I feel like I do this in a lot of my online lectures already, but not all. Looking at it differently, chunking allows the students to not feel as overwhelmed when faced with a lecture, especially those students who are working around other work schedules/home life. I also feel like breaking the material into chunks can offer better opportunities for discussion prompts between videos.