Personalizing Learning: Engaging Students in Online Environments

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Online education is growing in popularity due to geographic and time constraints, as well as the potential for students seeking future employment or advancement in current careers (House-Peters, Del Casino, & Brooks, 2019). As a direct result, more programs are being developed to meet the needs of the expanding student population. In fact, according to Nilson and Goodson (2017), 70 percent of the organizations that confer degrees offer an online component. To gain recognition as an effective program, instructors must prepare engaging content, provide meaningful feedback in a timely manner (Small & Attree, 2016) and build relationships with students. These tasks are more challenging in an online environment than in a traditional face-to-face environment.

This session will discuss the process of planning course content by instituting backward design, provide assignment ideas that offer variety and engagement and share methods for crafting meaningful feedback. Special emphasis will be placed on utilizing Blackboard tools to easily embed the content and feedback within the course.


Speakers: Jennifer Engle | Angelo State University | Julie Hargraves | Angelo State University