Engagement, Online Education, Educational Technology, Blogs, Podcasts
Teaching students in an online program requires being intentional with how the course is constructed and how space is created for students to fully engage. Face-to-face courses provide the means of this interaction that creates a challenge for online learning. The following are some innovative and creative ways I am using technology to engage my online students and enhance their learning. I utilize Zoom to hold optional Live Chats via Zoom. These are also recorded for students to watch later as well. I use breakout rooms for small group discussions (pair-and-share, triads, and larger groups), we have Q & A sessions, review content, I share my consulting experiences and provide supplement content and a deeper dive into some concepts. The sessions provide space for online students to really get to know each other and myself as the instructor. I write a weekly blog titled, “Friday’s Food for Thought”. It provides another avenue to share relevant content, by sharing personal stories and reflections that connect real life experiences with organizational life. I have a weekly podcast titled, Chatting About Change with Dr. Jim Maddox and chat with top scholars, practitioners, and thought leaders. I share a Monday Video Announcement and on Wednesdays, I provide additional resources. I hold weekly Zoom Office Hours and created and maintain a Blackboard Program site. I am attempting to create a community of scholar/practitioners; providing the space for students to connect and engage beyond passive learning.
Maddox, J. (2022). Engagement Strategies for Online Students: Use of Technology to Enhance Learning. Publications and Presentations. Retrieved from https://scholarworks.uark.edu/wctfscpub/39
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