As an online instructor, it is your job to keep your students focused and engaged in the learning process. If you can achieve this, you will be well on your way to having a successful class. In this blog post, we will discuss 5 ways that you can achieve student engagement and focus. Keep reading to learn more!
It’s no secret that online learning can be a bit of a challenge when it comes to keeping your students focused and engaged. After all, with no physical classroom to encourage students and keep the whole class on track, distance learning needs to be a lot more intentional with its fun and interactive content.
But don’t worry – with these five tips, you’ll be able to help your students stay on task and learn like never before. Let’s get started!
1. Keep your lectures short and sweet
When it comes to online lectures, students can quickly become bored or lost if they are too long. For this reason, it is important to keep your lectures short and sweet.
Aim for 20-30 minutes per lecture, and be sure to break up the course materials with breakout rooms, and active participation through your students’ questions.
This will benefit both teaching and learning styles to have learning material broken down into smaller, more digestible sections. Also, having small groups for discussion forums between course content helps to assist students in making sure they truly grasped the key elements of the lesson before moving on.
2. Use multimedia resources to keep students engaged
Multimedia resources are a great way to maintain online student engagement with the material. Incorporating images, YouTube videos, and even audio clips into your lectures can help break up the learning experience for students and help them better understand the concepts you’re teaching.
Not to mention, it can also make the learning content & process more enjoyable for each student.
If you can find materials that are relevant to the classroom but are presented in different formats, it will help break down the monotony of consuming lessons.
3. Encourage student participation and discussion
Another great way to engage students is to encourage student participation and discussion. This can be done in a number of ways, such as through online forums or chatrooms.
By getting your students to share their own ideas with group members in a learning community environment, they will be more likely to lean in on the course lessons so that they can exchange new ideas, confirm due dates and receive regular feedback from the teacher and other students.
4. Gamify the learning process
One of the best ways to keep online learning engaging is to gamify the learning process. This means incorporating elements of games into your lessons, such as points, badges, and leaderboards.
Studies have shown that gamification can increase online student engagement and motivation during a lesson. If you’re looking for a way to add a little fun to your class, Archy can assist you with adding gamification elements to your course structure, thanks to our collaboration with Gamify.
5. Provide feedback and encouragement
Finally, providing feedback and encouragement is a great way to keep your students focused and engaged. Whether it’s positive reinforcement for a job well done or constructive criticism for areas that need improvement, student feedback is essential for keeping students on track.
Teachers that provide personalised notes and feedback on things like assignments, are more likely to see an improvement in results from students
We hope these tips have given you a few ideas on how to keep your students engaged and focused on their learning. Remember, the most important thing is to keep it fun and interesting for them. multimedia resources, gamification, and providing feedback can go a long way in helping you achieve this.
Are there any other techniques that have worked well for you? Let us know in the comments below!