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Face-to-Face Courses

Engage Students

Relate to your audience:

  • Today’s students like to be online, like to use technology, so incorporate it into your course plan.
  • Use social networking sites – create a Facebook page or use Twitter or a blog to keep the students engaged with the course content and to build community.
  • Collaborative assignments - Ask the students to find resources, such as related blogs or wikis to take part in.

Take advantage of your learning management system (LMS) course space:

Every on-campus course has a companion LMS course space. All you need to do is to activate the course space to give students access.

  • In a large class, create teams or groups to engage in asynchronous discussion as a follow-up to in-class lectures or issues.
  • In an online asynchronous discussion, it’s impossible to “hide out” in the back row. Everyone participates. This not only promotes more engagement, it also eliminates the advantage that assertive students sometimes have. By leveling the playing field, you’re giving every student the chance to share insights, ideas, and information. And well-designed discussions develop critical thinking and writing skills.
  • Post non-copyrighted lecture and course materials, such as the syllabus, for students to review at their convenience. This saves time and money by eliminating photo copying and the distribution of handouts. Refer to What You Need to Know for more information on what you can post in the online course space.
  • Post your PowerPoint or lecture notes prior to class so that students come prepared. Or post them after as a study aid.
  • Consider using peer-review or collaborative assignments. Ask the students to find third party resources, such as related blogs or wikis, to use during the semester.
  • Use Panopto to capture your lecture and then post for student access.

Internet Resources

  • Tap into the myriad of high-quality open learning Internet resources available to create an engaging, multi-media lecture.
  • Open courseware from a number of Video sites such as, YouTube, C-Span,
  • Learning object repositories – MERLOT is the largest and best known
  • Schedule a class session to meet in Second Life.


Can’t remember how to add a forum or document to your course space? We’ve got handy documents for you to review any time, day or night! Check them out here.

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