Strategies to Create More Engaging Online Courses



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Learn how you can immediately create more engagement in your online instruction, virtual learning communities, and course materials.



As we move our instruction online in response to the COVID-19 crisis, we feel immense pressure to create quality learning experiences. We find ourselves grasping for strategies to engage our students in our new online environment. “Engaging” is a buzzword that appears in our faculty meetings, higher ed articles, and social media posts, but many of us are still seeking practical examples. What does it mean to teach an engaging online course?

We can break down such an online learning experience into three core components: an engaging instructor, an engaged community of peers, and engaging course materials.

Our goal in quality online education is to build and foster a collaborative knowledge-building and knowledge-sharing community of learners. Join us for a workshop in which you will learn and practice strategies in all three components of engagement:

  • Strategies to become a more engaging online instructor
  • How to foster a knowledge-building and knowledge-sharing community
  • How to develop and leverage engaging course materials


Who Should Attend

Faculty and instructors who want to improve engagement in their online courses are encouraged to attend. Centers for Teaching and Learning professionals and faculty development directors who are charged with preparing faculty to teach online will leave this session with strategies to share out in their teams. Those who are new to online teaching or those who are refining their skills will also benefit from the content shared in this workshop.

The Academic Impressions Online Learning Experience

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Our virtual trainings go far beyond just replicating PowerPoint presentations online: these experiences are intentionally designed to give you the kind of robust and dynamic learning experience you’ve come to expect from Academic Impressions. These trainings provide you with an active learning environment and an online space where you can explore ideas, get inspired by what your peers are doing, and understand the range of possibilities around a certain topic. You will leave these sessions with practical solutions that you can take back to your team or task force.

What you will get:

  • A dynamic, interactive, and high-touch virtual learning experience designed to engage and set you up for growth
  • Seamless online face-time, networking, group work, and Q&A opportunities from the comfort of your own workspace
  • Practical takeaways and hands-on knowledge
  • Guidance from vetted subject matter experts
  • Unlimited access to all recorded online sessions


September 15, 2020

11:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. Eastern Time

Opening and Introductions

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.



Strategies to Become a More Engaging Online Instructor

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Engaging your students in an online course begins with setting the right tone for the learning environment. You will learn and practice multiple strategies for establishing your presence as an online instructor. This section of the training will cover how to establish key components of an engaging online course, such as:

  • Psychological safety
  • Credibility
  • Accessibility
  • Informality




12:30 – 12:45 p.m.



How to Create an Engaging Online Community of Learners

12:45 – 2:00 p.m.
Online courses are most successful when learners rely on one another, actively contribute information, and apply their own experiences throughout the class. An instructor’s role is to create a culture in which students function as a knowledge-building and knowledge-sharing community. In this interactive session, our instructor will demonstrate how to facilitate peer-to-peer connections and foster agency and shared learning.



Long Break

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.



How to Create More Engaging Online Course Materials

2:30 – 3:45 p.m.
In order to create truly engaging assignments, we must push past readings and discussion boards to design next-level online learning experiences that keep learners tuned in. You will learn best practices in online content design and gather easy ways to immediately improve assignments. Our faculty will address how to:

  • Create more engaging syllabi
  • Design real-world projects
  • Incorporate student-generated content



Group Exercise and Action Planning

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.
As we wrap up the day, you will have a chance to reflect on the new insights we’ve collected throughout the day, share your own ideas with the group, and choose what you want to implement and prioritize in your virtual classrooms.



Final Q&A

4:00 – 4:15 p.m.


Portrait of Amber Dailey Hebert

Amber Dailey-Hebert

Director, Faculty Center for Innovation, Park University

Having lived and worked abroad, Amber Dailey-Hebert has supported university-wide strategic initiatives and educational development projects in the United States, Europe, and Africa - she is an internationally recognized leader in promoting innovation in higher education and is passionate about the power of education in transforming lives.

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Portrait of Brian Raison

Brian Raison, PhD

Associate Professor, The Ohio State University

Brian merges his 20+ years in higher education with 12 years working in local government and private industry to create intersections where students can discover theory meeting practice.

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