In this module, you will consider how to promote interactions between you and your students, your students with your course content, and your students with each other to amplify engagement.
This module is organized by the framework:
- WATCH a short video that provides an overview of best practices on engagement.
- EXPLORE additional resources on engagement.
- DO something with what you’ve learned by completing the Flexible Course Planner for this module.
- TOOLS that amplify student engagement, supported by the UMass IDEAS Team.
In this 9-minute video, CTL staff member Beth Lisi highlights specific strategies to amplify student engagement by creating: interactions between the instructor and students [1:28]; interactions between the students and course content [4:50]; and interactions between students and their peers [6:37]. You can learn additional concrete examples for increasing student engagement by navigating to our EXPLORE section below this video.
Click here to view the Engagement Video Transcript.
This section is organized according to the themes highlighted in the video (shown in graphic below) displaying the approaches of amplifying student engagement.
- Ten Ways to Overcome Barriers to Student Engagement Online
- Unpacking the Problem of Unmotivated Online Students
Instructor Communication (Student to Instructor Interaction)
- Instructor Presence: How to Keep from Going MIA in Your Online Course
- Five Things Online Students Want from Faculty
- Create Question-and-Answer and Social Forums
- Create an Online Orientation Video
- How One Instructor Presents a Weekly Schedule
Creating Engaging Content (Student to Content Interaction)
- Transforming Your Lectures into Online Videos
- Tips for Creating Simple and Sustainable Videos
- Using the Pause Procedure in Online Microlectures
- Teaching Online with a Homemade Document Camera
- 10 Ways You Can Use Podcasts in Your Course to Engage Students
Supporting Peer Engagement (Student to Student Interaction)
- Ideas to Make Your Synchronous Online Classes More Fun
- Online Discussion Questions that Work
- Five Ways to Promote Student Autonomy in Online Discussions
- Four Ways Educators Can Use Google Docs
- Team-Based Learning in Asynchronous Online Settings
- Ten Research-Based Steps for Effective Group Work
- Group Work, Discussion Strategies to Manage Instructor Workload
We developed the Flexible Course Planner (formatted in Microsoft Word) to guide and scaffold your course (re)design and allow you to apply directly what you are learning. By using this planning document, you will end up with many parts of your (re)designed course in place.
We offer the planner in two ways:
- You can download the section for this Engagement Module; or
- You can download the entire Flexible Course Planner with all of the modules represented.
If you have any questions about amplifying student engagement, or would like to talk through or receive feedback on your Flexible Course Planner for this module, please contact the CTL at email@example.com
Sometimes the response to your concern is a pedagogical solution, not a technological answer. So please feel free to contact us!
We know there are many online tools and applications that support student engagement. The tools listed below are those that are supported by UMass Amherst. For any questions about how to use these tools in your course, please contact the IDEAS Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Creating Announcements in Your Moodle Course
- Creating Announcements in Your Blackboard Course
- Calendar Block in Moodle
- Calendar Tool in Blackboard
- Adding a Checklist Activity in Moodle
Creating Engaging Content
- Echo 360 in Blackboard
- Polling in Zoom (for Synchronous Courses)
- Interactive Videos using HP5 in Moodle
Supporting Peer Engagement
- Creating Groups in Moodle
- Creating Groups in Blackboard
- Discussion Forums in Moodle
- Discussion Forums in Blackboard
- VoiceThread in Moodle
- VoiceThread in Blackboard
- Zoom Whiteboard Feature for Collaboration
- Zoom Breakout Rooms
Please contact the CTL with any questions you have about Flexible Course (Re)Design at email@example.com