Fostering Student Engagement in Online Courses, a COE faculty panel


Welcome to Spring 2021! We are starting the new semester with an increased focus on engaging students in the online classroom. With most courses having been taught online in Fall 2020, there is a heightened awareness that we need to continue to find better ways to engage students in their learning online. Several ideas for facilitating conversations around how best to engage students in the online classroom are being considered. We begin with a COE faculty panel on fostering student engagement in online courses. 

Date and Time: Tuesday, Jan. 19th, 2021, 9.30 a.m. - 10.30 a.m. CT 

  • Liv T. D├ívila, Associate Professor, Program Leader, Global Studies in Education, Department of Educational Policy, Organization & Leadership 
  • Erica Mason, Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education 
  • Adam Poetzel, Senior Instructor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction 
  • James Shriner, Associate Professor, Department of Special Education

The panelists, who all taught online in Fall 2020, represent a mix of instructors who taught 
  • online synchronously (with some asynchronous activities) 
  • different class sizes (small-medium-large) 
  • with different levels of online teaching experience, i.e. some are relatively new to teaching online while others have been teaching online for a while. 

During Fall 2020 panelists deployed a variety of pedagogical strategies to engage their students in the online classroom. Panelists will talk briefly about how they garnered student engagement in their online courses. After that the audience will be invited to share their experiences of how they engaged their students in the online classroom.  All instructors, graduate teaching assistants and staff are welcome. Please join this panel and help enrich the conversation on this important topic.

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