Strategies for Increasing Interaction & Engagement Self-Paced Workshop

Track : Online Design

Levels : Beginner,Intermediate

Student engagement can be one of the most influential factors for student persistence and success, especially in the online learning environment. In this workshop, you will learn about the barriers to engagement and how you can best address these challenges to lead to greater student involvement and engagement. You will delve into various theories and practices that foster student engagement, including interactive discussion techniques and collaborative group involvement. You will also explore popular Web 2.0 tools for increasing student-instructor, student-student, and student-content interactions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify common barriers that often lead to disengagement.
  • Outline potential strategies to overcome common barriers to engagement.
  • Recognize how implementing frameworks, such as the Phases of Engagement and Community of Inquiry, can encourage an engaged online learning environment.
  • Identify multiple methods for measuring online engagement at the course-level and summarize the strengths and limitations of each.


This online workshop is entirely self-paced and is not instructor facilitated. The estimated time for completion is 6-8 hours, but you will likely find yourself spending more time as you investigate some of the additional resources that are provided. You will have 365 day access which will begin on the first day you enroll. This workshop has been divided into five modules which consist of brief narrated presentations, additional resources to explore, and module assessments.

  • Module 1 – Engaging the Online Learner
  • Module 2 – Phases of Engagement
  • Module 3 – Community of Inquiry
  • Module 4 – Measuring Online Engaged Learning
  • Module 5 – Interaction & Engagement Tools

What are the key takeaways from this workshop?

  • An overview of the meaning of student engagement in online learning and why it matters
  • How to recognize the signs of effective learner engagement (and learner disengagement)
  • A description of the barriers to effective learner engagement
  • An overview of the Phases of Engagement framework and appropriate activities to implement during each phase
  • An overview of the Community of Inquiry framework, including examples of how each element can promote learner engagement
  • Methods and examples for measuring online engagement at the course level (self, peer, instructor, and data evaluation), including the strengths and limitations of each
  • Examples of tools to promote student-to-instructor, student-to-student, and student-to-content interaction

Who Should Attend?

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

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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.