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With an average attention span of more or less eight minutes, it can be very challenging for students to stay engaged in online learning. Social media, texting, YouTube, and Netflix are all distractions that make it difficult for students to stay focused. Fortunately, there are strategies that you can use to keep learners on the edge of their seats.
Merriam-Webster defines engagement as
“the act of engaging: the state of being engaged, which, in turn, is defined as being greatly interested.”
Guide the students on how they can meet up by suggesting conferencing tools such as Microsoft Teams, setting up discussion time beforehand, and sharing the link with the students. If the discussion time is set up in advance, you can join the session and show personal interest.
Construct Education uses a badge system internally for different learning paths designed for various roles within Construct. These badges are both a reward for completing the course and create opportunities for staff to apply for more senior positions.
Students need to know that what they are doing is right and that they have support to course-correct. Feedback gives the student a sense of reassurance because they know they are progressing through the learning with support.
In addition, your feedback should be personal and not leave room for misinterpretation. You can achieve this by using a discussion forum or providing video feedback. Your conversation with a student should include opportunities and areas of improvement and praise for work well done. This approach will set the student up for success.
With online learning, the design of the learning material needs to hold the student’s attention so they can focus on the learning taking place. At Construct, we design courses so that they become the distraction the student wants to focus on, not social media.
In conclusion, remember to retain student engagement, keep it short, allow the learners to have fun, be present, and provide regular feedback.
The post-COVID era has seen more learners shift online, opting for quality blended learning journeys, and with institutions scrambling to meet these increasing demands, the need for good learning design is more crucial than ever.