Student Engagement in Online Learning: What Works and Why

Concurrent Session 8

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Brief Abstract

How would you characterize today’s college students? Empowered? Confident? Self-motivated? Keeping students involved, motivated, and actively learning is challenging educators across the country, yet good advice on how to accomplish this is not always readily available. This session offers research-based tips, strategies, and techniques to motivate, connect with, and engage online learners.

Presenters

Dr. Christopher Sessums is the Director of Academic Affairs at D2L working with higher education institutions across the globe to optimize student success and institutional effectiveness. Prior to joining D2L, Christopher served as a faculty member, researcher, and administrator at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education, at the University of California, Berkeley, and at the University of Florida. His research interests include assessment strategies, data and analytics, alternative learning models, lean business strategies, and educational policy.

Extended Abstract

How would you characterize today’s college students? Empowered? Confident? Self-motivated? They want all of their classes to be easy, but expect that most will be hard. Most will not speak up unless called upon. Most want, need, require their instructors to tell them exactly what to do. Keeping students involved, motivated, and actively learning is challenging educators across the country, yet good advice on how to accomplish this is not always readily available. This session offers research-based tips, strategies, and techniques to motivate, connect with, and engage online learners.