20-Minute Mentors

How Can I Engage Students During a Synchronous Online Class?

For faculty teaching online in need of ideas to increase student engagement, this 20-Minute Mentor delivers proven tips and strategies for synchronous instruction, organized into before, during, and after class time.


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How Can I Engage Students During a Synchronous Online Class?

As online instruction continues to evolve, more emphasis has been placed on synchronous instruction. Synchronous instruction simply means that students are engaged in learning at the same time. Typically held over live virtual video, synchronous instruction provides a high-touch option for online students, but it can be a struggle for students to engage during live virtual sessions.

This 20-Minute Mentor offers strategies to help instructors promote engagement in synchronous contexts. You’ll receive tips to help overcome this engagement challenge before class, during class, and after class.

Learning Goals

After viewing this Magna 20-Minute Mentor, participants will be able to:

  • Develop a clear strategy for increasing engagement during virtual video synchronous sessions
  • Create learning goals that emphasize effective synchronous pedagogy
  • Learn strategies for online teaching to increase student engagement

Topics Covered

  • Before class: Create learning goals and a class agenda that prepare an effective virtual learning environment
  • During class: Make fruitful connections between students and the instructor to produce deeper engagement
  • After class: Debrief and evaluate your success in the synchronous class to improve for future courses


This program will benefit faculty of all kinds, especially those teaching online that are looking to increase student engagement in their courses.

Product Code: QM21AA

Campus Access License

With the purchase of the optional Campus Access License, registrants are granted a license to download the program contents to a password-protected network, server, or website for additional staff use. You will receive information on downloading the contents of the program within 3-5 business days after payment has been received by Magna.

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*On-demand access begins on date of purchase.

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, you may cancel the order within 30 days of purchase and receive a full refund.