The Glossary of Education Reform defines student engagement as:
the degree of attention, curiosity, interest, optimism, and passion that students show when they are learning or being taught, which extends to the level of motivation they have to learn and progress in their learning.
If the above is true, then there are many ways an online instructor can impact the attention, curiosity, interest, optimism, and passion of students. The latest blog post at SHSU Online's eLearning Support Desk@SHSU deals with how personalizing an online course can increase student engagement. When an online instructor and students can invest more of themselves in an online course, the satisfaction levels reported by those same students will go up.
This particular view of online course personalization can be broken into five areas:
- Placing Yourself in the Course
- Allowing Students to Place Themselves in the Course
- Allowing Students to Personalize Their Learning
- Feedback Early, Feedback Often
- Personalization Without Confusion
For more details on each area, see the blog post.