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.