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Creating an Engaging Asynchronous Learning Environment

William Collins (Purdue University, USA)
Cullen Grinnan (Our Lady of the Lake University, USA)
Beth Hennington (Lubbock Christian University, USA)
Beverly Magda (Georgetown University, USA)
Michael Shulver (University of Birmingham, United Kingdom)
Catherine Staite (University of Birmingham, United Kingdom)
Session Information
October 14, 2015 - 3:45pm
Learning Effectiveness
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
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Session Type: 
Information Session
Northern Hemisphere A1
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Concurrent Session 4

Want to keep your online students engaged in your online course? So do we. Let us share our effective strategies for positive engagement.

Extended Abstract

Establishing and maintaining valuable levels of supportive and productive student/faculty engagement can be challenging in any learning environment, but particularly in the asynchronous online environment. Research suggests positive interactions between educational personnel and students increase student persistence in goal attainment. The results of positive student/faculty engagement may be observed in and out of the classroom. Faculty behaviors and attitudes can profoundly affect student engagement, and increase student self-efficacy, self- esteem, and academic performance, while concurrently reducing feelings of isolation, confusion, and hopelessness, which too often results in diminished student engagement, academic failure, and early program termination. Factors influencing faculty and student perceptions of engagement are: faculty teaching preferences, student learning styles, course design elements, learning management system capabilities, and discipline-specific content. Different engagement strategies are associated with different types of outcomes, including student enrollment, student satisfaction, program attrition rates and learning outcomes.
Join us and discuss the ins and outs of initiating, maintaining and evaluating the effectiveness of positive student-to-faculty, student-to-student, and faculty-to-faculty engagement in the asynchronous learning environment. Come hear our tried and true strategies and share yours in a warm, welcoming, and respectful environment. Bring your business cards and widen your circle of knowledgeable peers! Leave with a better understanding of how to evaluate your own program's level of engagement and strategies for enhancement. Presentation handouts will be made available to attendees.

Lead Presenter

Dr. Collins is a faculty member in the Brian Lamb School of Communication. He serves as Director of the Online Graduate Program of the School.