Teaching Online With Errol: The Longer the Online Course, the More Effort Needed for Student Engagement

Online courses come in many styles, configurations, and lengths. Depending on the institution, online courses may last three to five weeks or as long as 20 weeks. When an instructor teaches the shorter online courses, maintaining student interest and engagement is relatively easy as long as solid teaching strategies, generous doses of enthusiasm, and constant student contact are maintained. But it is in the longer courses where it becomes challenging to maintain student interest and involvement. A longer course can seem to just drag on for the student. This often leads to decreased student participation. There are some simple approaches, however, that can keep the class as fresh and spontaneous as during week one.

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