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Experiential Teaching and Student Engagement in an Online Environment

Experiential, or "real-world", interaction with course concepts can elevate student learning in ways that more traditional approaches to teaching may fall short.  It can be argued that this approach to teaching holds even more weight in an online course environment where student engagement happens primarily through a screen.  This session will cover methods by which instructors can increase and add variety to student engagement in an online environment, including the use of experiential activities and projects.  Participants will have the opportunity to share their ideas and adapt provided examples to their own disciplines.

Facilitator: Lisa Borrero - borrerol@uindy.edu 

Here's a list of useful resources:

  • Faculty Focus offers an array of articles focused on the development and implementation of an online course. Article topics run the gamut, including online teaching techniques, course development, mentoring, common pitfalls, and making effective connections with students from a distance (just to name a few). New articles on various topics are added regularly.
  • Geared toward those who may be relatively new to online teaching, Take My Advice (Inside HigherEd) features a multitude of online instructors who offer their perspectives on how to effectively develop and deliver a course in an online environment.
  • Effective Teaching Online (Inside HigherEd) highlights key tips in making your online course an engaging one for students and more manageable and enjoyable for instructors.
  • Applying the Seven Principles for Good Practice to the Online Classroom (Faculty Focus) discusses the application of Chickering and Gamson's seven principles to the online classroom.

View the workshop video (37:25) below: