Online Learning Update

December 24, 2013

Engagement in an Online Course: TheStudents’ Viewpoint

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

by Michael B. Miller, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The common themes identified from student interviews were (a) strategies of instructors in virtual classroom instruction, (b) intrinsic motivation of students’ engagement in virtual classroom, (c) factors that facilitates completion of online tasks, (d) creation of sense of community, (e) domains of engagement in virtual learning environment, and (f) technologies that enhances students’ engagement. Findings suggest that students believe that technology is important to their engagement in an online course. Technology is important to this “classroom” to keeping students engaged in the couse through either videos, interactive websites, or other interactive technologies such as Skype or Elluminate Live. These types of connections is what keeps the students engaged and what students are looking for from their instructors and their courses.

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