Improve Participation to Enhance Learning in Online Courses

Online courses have their benefits, but increased student participation isn’t often one of them.

Without the physical space of a classroom, how do you create an environment for meaningful discussion?

Improve Participation to Enhance Learning in Online Courses explains how to enhance the online student experience by using six concrete strategies to boost participation, deepen learning, and increase student satisfaction with online courses.

You will learn the ways in which these strategies can serve as a model for interaction and explore how to create forums that support the learning environment. The seminar also examines how to create a grading system to promote substantive participation, how to generate ownership of content and increase participation with student moderators, and how to build a community by implementing voice conferences.

Meet your presenter

Joan Thormann, Ph.D., is a professor in the division of Educational Technology at Lesley University. Since 1996, she has been developing and teaching courses online, and her research focuses on examining online teaching strategies. Dr. Thormann has presented at more than 100 conferences nationally and internationally and has recently coauthored The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Designing and Teaching Online Courses as well as other books about technology and education.

During this online seminar, Dr. Thormann introduces six strategies that encourage and enhance student participation in online course discussions. You will learn how to:

  • Optimize introductions
  • Increase instructor effectiveness
  • Promote interactions through grading
  • Share facilitation with students
  • Build community through voice conferencing
  • Create a positive and safe online environment
  • Use approaches proven to enhance discussions

When you order you’ll also receive the complete transcript.

An optional Campus Access License is available for an additional $200. It allows the purchasing institution to upload the CD of the seminar onto the institution’s password-protected internal website for unlimited access by the entire campus community.


Who will benefit

This seminar is aimed at all higher education institutions—two-year, four-year, and graduate-level, both public and private. The following professionals will find the content particularly beneficial:

  • Faculty (full-time, part-time, adjunct)
  • Instructors
  • Instructional designers
  • Directors of online learning
  • Instructional technologists
  • Technical support department

As online courses become a larger part of higher education, teachers need to know how to create discussion in the online classroom. Improve Participation to Enhance Learning in Online Courses will give you the strategies you need to maximize learning potential in distance education. Order today.


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