Fundamentals: Increasing Interaction & Engagement

Track : Online Learners
Delivery Mode : Asynchronous Workshop
Levels : Beginner,Intermediate
Eligible for Online Teaching Certificate elective : Yes

Student engagement can be one of the most important indicators for a successful class experience. In this workshop, you will explore theories and practices that foster student engagement in your own courses, including the use of multimedia feedback, discussion techniques, and group involvement. You will learn about the barriers to engagement, and how you can best address these challenges, and develop a plan for your course which will lead to greater student involvement and engagement.  

Learning Objectives

  • Describe strategies that help overcome obstacles to student engagement
  • Develop a plan to improve student engagement in your online course

Prerequisite: None


This is an asynchronous, week-long workshop which will begin on a Monday and end on the following Sunday. The workshop will require approximately 6-8 hours of work, including reading research-based articles, viewing presentations, engaging in online discussion forums, and submitting assignments. Total length of time to completion: 7 days.

Who should attend?

  • Faculty new to the online environment
  • Veteran online and blended faculty
  • Instructional designers

What are the key takeaways from this workshop?

  • An overview of “engagement” and “interaction” in the online classroom
  • Techniques instructors can employ to be engaged with the course and their learners
  • Strategies for overcoming barriers to learner engagement
  • Examples of ways to engage students in the online classroom
  • An overview of the Phases of Engagement Framework and Community of Inquiry Model for student engagement and interaction
  • A personalized engagement plan for your online course

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Refund Policy
If you register and pay for a OLC workshop and are unable to enroll (due to personal schedule conflicts, illness, etc), we will be happy to apply your payment to another OLC workshop in the same calendar year upon your written request to No refunds will be given.