10 Thoughts On Engagement In eLearning
There was quite a debate within the Upside instructional design team about what constitutes Engagement in an eLearning module. When asked what engagement is, the responses vary widely. Everyone seems to know what it is, but we just can't put our finger on it.
Notes that understanding certain truths about what engagement really means will move educators in a productive direction. Student engagement in online learning:
- Depends heavily on the target students and the goals they have. Instructors should layout the goals for the students and frequently return to them. The goals need to be made meaningful and important.
- Varies depending on the student's familiarity with the content, and so delivery of information should be gaged to the appropriate level.
- Is primarily a feeling or emotion within the student. However, mental and emotional states are closely linked.
- Culminates from many distinct elements within the student such as perceived relevance to the context of the course and the student's interests.
- Is stimulated by storytelling and narrative combined with the means available in the digital classroom, visual engagement for example.
- Connected to the interests of the individual student and the perceived relevance of the information.
- Demands that you allow the audience to determine the pace, providing stimulating material that makes them want to continue through a module.
- Influenced heavily by emotional and mental states such as anticipation, excitement, anxiety, or fear. The material must also have the proper level of difficulty: not too easy, but not too hard either.
- Requires the suspension of disbelief, like when one watches a movie, so that the virtual world is engaging. Students must believe that this is a real and normal college course.
- Happens when the student is in a state of flow: when the student is present in the moment with the material and attention is focused.
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Source is UpsideLearning.com
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