A Little More Conversation- Active Engagement Techniques to Increase Student Satisfaction

Concurrent Session 9

Brief Abstract

Student engagement in an online program is directly correlated to student satisfaction and retention. In this discovery session active engagement techniques that can increase student satisfaction will be shared.  Learn how to incorporate self-reflection, discussion leaders and peer review to promote a community of engaged learners.  

Students in the Master of Health Science program at Saint Francis University report high levels of satisfaction since the incorporation of the engagement techniques highlighted in this session.  Online faculty in any distance learning program can incorporate journals, student leaders, and shared presentations through their learning management system or online platform. 


Dr. Melissa Kagarise is an associate professor at Saint Francis University in the online Master of Medical and Master of Health Science department. With over 15 years of experience in distance education she has been instrumental in moving the University forward in online education. Dr. Kagarise is founder of the SFU online Master of Health Science program and was faculty coordinator and Program Director for the development of online educational programs for Navy Independent Duty Corpsmen through the University’s Center of Excellence for Remote and Medically Under-Served Areas. She has presented at national teaching and distance based conferences including The Teaching Professor Conference and the Instructional Technology Council eLearning Conference and has offered faculty development sessions within the University. Dr. Kagarise received her Doctor of Health Science from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, her Master of Medical Science from Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Science (Physician Assistant) from Saint Francis College.