Template: Keeping Online Students Motivated

Teaching Online – Module 3, Session 1: Monitoring online student activity and engagement Use this template to guide you through various considerations for monitoring your online students’ engagement with your course. It will also guide you through planning strategies for keeping your students motivated. Download and save this template for your own reference. How would you define ‘attendance’ in an online learning environment? Description:

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The links between class attendance in a face-to-face setting and performance are well established. Do you think there are links between attendance in an online learning environment and performance? What are they? Description:

Will attendance in the online learning environment form part of a student’s final assessment? How you communicate this to your students? How will you explain the importance of attendance to your students? Description:

This resource was created by University College Falmouth and released as an open educational resource for University College Falmouth for the Learn to Teach Online course. The free Learn to Teach Online course is funded by University College Falmouth's Learning and Teaching Enhancement Programme. © 2012 University College Falmouth

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How will you monitor student attendance, especially in an asynchronous online course? Will you have an administrative process set up for this – and what will it be? Will you use any tools to facilitate this? How will you manage your time? Description:

How will you address students’ non-attendance? What support will be given to students, if applicable? Description:

Without visual face-to-face cues to go on, what online behaviours will you look out for to spot unmotivated or disengaged students? Description:

This resource was created by University College Falmouth and released as an open educational resource for University College Falmouth for the Learn to Teach Online course. The free Learn to Teach Online course is funded by University College Falmouth's Learning and Teaching Enhancement Programme. © 2012 University College Falmouth

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How will you motivated unmotivated or disengaged students on your online course? Description:

How will you demonstrate your own interest and enthusiasm? Description:

Some students may enrol in an online course because they feel it will be ‘easier’ - and require less of their time. How will your address students who become disengaged through the realisation that online study is as rigorous as campus-based study? Description:

This resource was created by University College Falmouth and released as an open educational resource for University College Falmouth for the Learn to Teach Online course. The free Learn to Teach Online course is funded by University College Falmouth's Learning and Teaching Enhancement Programme. © 2012 University College Falmouth

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Will you provide a mix of learning activities (quizzes, activities, writing, games, role play, etc) to sustain students’ motivation? What types of learning activities will you use? Description:

Will you encourage students to motivate each other? Will you encourage them to create their own online student community? How will you do this? Description:

Will your learning environment contain a rich mix of content (text, audio, video, images, multimedia, etc)? What types of content will it have? Description:

This resource was created by University College Falmouth and released as an open educational resource for University College Falmouth for the Learn to Teach Online course. The free Learn to Teach Online course is funded by University College Falmouth's Learning and Teaching Enhancement Programme. © 2012 University College Falmouth

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Licence. When repurposing this resource please acknowledge the B4EE project.

Students feel more motivated to put effort into a course when there are explicit course and activity goals. If the course goals are explicitly laid out, students can more accurately judge if they are worthwhile. How will you do this? Description:

Tutor communication is another important means of sustaining student motivation in an online context. What is your strategy for communicating with your students? Your tone of voice? Description:

How and when will you clearly communicate learning expectations to your students? Description:

This resource was created by University College Falmouth and released as an open educational resource for University College Falmouth for the Learn to Teach Online course. The free Learn to Teach Online course is funded by University College Falmouth's Learning and Teaching Enhancement Programme. © 2012 University College Falmouth

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Licence. When repurposing this resource please acknowledge the B4EE project.

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