Driving Learner Engagement in an Online Environment: Course Conclusions



Learner engagement is critical to achieving online presence. Through the use of specific constructivist design principles, instructional effectiveness, facilitation of discourse, and interactive activities and technology, you can build a collaborative learning environment where academic communities thrive.


After completing this course, do you feel that you can successfully:

  • Locate the latest research regarding community building in an online learning environments and identify trends?
  • Design an interactive learning environment where community formation can take place?
  • Facilitate meaningful discussion and allow learners to direct their own learning through peer-to-peer interactions?
  • Use instructor-to-learner interactions to effectively drive engagement and increase learner motivation?
  • Identify active learning opportunities that align with and support instructional goals?
  • Successfully incorporate Web 2.0 technologies to increase collaboration and foster a sense of community?


In your first reflection blog, you all mentioned your apprehensions about teaching a fully online course. I put your top concerns into a word cloud:


Now that you've completed this course, consider the following:

  • Are these topics still a source of anxiety for you?
  • What do you plan to do to address these topics in the future?
  • What have you learned that impacted your current feelings on these topics?

Thank you for your participation!

I hope that you enjoyed this workshop and feel confident and excited to develop fully online learning experiences!

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ETAP 623 Spring 2019 | Taylor Walsh

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