5. Offer regular feedback
When learning virtually, it becomes very important for students to know what they are learning, how they are approaching different teaching methods, what are their doubts, etc. All this is possible only by giving them feedback regularly. Doing this not only ensures student engagement in online learning but also keeps them on track and adequately prepares them for the next assignment.
Without consistent feedback, it can get quite difficult to engage students in the next project or assignment as they will never know how they fared in the previous one. Apart from this, offering them self-assessment opportunities where they get to grade their own discussion or offer input for their own work can also work wonders in motivating them and getting them excited for the online classes.
6. Use asynchronous tools wherever possible
To let the students reflect more on their contributions and remain engaged in virtual learning, it is ideal to have students participate asynchronously. This also helps them to work on their written communication skills and gives you the advantage of low bandwidth requirements for discussion boards as compared to live video tools.
To do this efficiently, you can get students to participate in activities such as sharing annotations on readings, engaging in peer review, or using live chat/ live office hours, offering a way to connect with individual students synchronously.
7. Use visual aids to keep students engaged
Similar to a physical classroom setting, visual aids are essential in a virtual course environment as well. They ensure to make online lessons much more effective and easily understandable.
Research also suggests that a learner is more likely to remember the lesson that includes a visual graphic as compared to plain text by itself. It could be anything like a video, graph, photograph, slideshow, or model. Including these visual aids in online lessons can be instrumental in making difficult concepts simpler to digest, enhance retention, and also keep students more engaged.
8. Keep testing their knowledge to enhance engagement
Online or virtual learning often makes it difficult for instructors to assess students’ understanding of course materials accurately. Graded curriculums, on the contrary, can allow educators to gauge whether learners have successfully processed the content and allow both instructors and students to quantify their progress.
Some of the ways to improve students’ learning and retention include pop quizzes to ensure their understanding of new concepts. Instructors can also use live polls to increase student engagement as these polls help to check students’ understanding of content and also gather feedback regarding different subjects.
Whether face-to-face or virtual, the classroom is a very dynamic space bustling with new activities and creative ideas. This makes it important for educators, especially in higher education, to vary the format of instruction through various thoughtfully designed engagement strategies.
The strategies discussed above allow you to ensure not only complete student engagement in online learning but also promote various opportunities for enhanced learning and social engagement. If implemented well, these methods can support student learning by increasing their motivation as well as engagement to learn and allow them to better connect to content by utilizing higher-level thinking strategies.