You’ve completed a demo, prepped your students for their Learnics assignment, and are ready to get the ball rolling. You’re eager to start seeing data return from your students’ online journeys, but one thing is left lingering in your mind… how do I know the students are engaged during this assignment?
There is plenty of research on student engagement with online learning, with even more underway following the increase in virtual learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a study conducted by Dixson (2015) to identify an online student engagement assessment tool, a correlation was not found between students’ engagement and clickstream behavior but instead was found in subsequent discussions and interactions with the content. Personal interactions, whether student to teacher or student to student are encouraged across the literature in recent years to increase engagement in an online space (Kennedy, 2020; Prince et al., 2020). Ayouni et al. (2021) also recently published a synthesis of research on online engagement, emphasizing not only the importance of peer interaction but also adding students’ belief in their learning and the students’ ability to see the effect of their academic efforts.
So how does this transfer to your Learnics assignment? If signs are pointing to a positive correlation between students’ online engagement and discussions with their teachers and peers, in addition to their belief in their learning ability and after-effects, there are several steps you can take to ensure your students’ Learnics experience is engaging. Several of the suggestions below are rooted in feedback suggestions from Hattie & Clarke (2019)
Ayouni, S., Hajjej, F., Maddeh, M., & Alotaibi, S. (2021). Innovations of materials for student engagement in online environment: An ontology. Materials Today: Proceedings, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matpr.2021.03.636
Dixson, M. D. (2015). Measuring student engagement in the online course: The Online Student Engagement scale (OSE). Online Learning, 19(4).
Hattie, J., & Clarke, S. (2019). Visible learning: Feedback. Routledge.
Kennedy, G. (2020). What is student engagement in online learning... and how do I know when it is there? Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education. https://melbourne- cshe.unimelb.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/3362125/student-engagement- online-learning_final.pdf
Prince, M., Felder, R., & Brent, R. (2020). Active student engagement in online STEM classes: Approaches and recommendations. Advances in Engineering Education, 8(4), 1-25.
By Jessica Sain