Create Engaging Content 

Below are some recommendations and best practices for creating engaging content that encourages student participation and keeps them involved in your online course.

  • Practice proactive course management by sending reminders and communications for deadlines in addition to monitoring assignment submissions. 
  • Maintain instructor presence by returning graded assignments in a timely manner and providing prompt responses to questions and feedback.
  • Incorporate engaging and diverse activities that include reflection, and “hands on” interaction with the content and each other. 
  • Be attentive to multiculturalism and other forms of diversity in your interactions as well as when posting questions and responses. These may include not only race and ethnicity, but also age, religion, disability, and politics. 
  • Provide a guide for netiquette, with clear descriptions of the behaviors you expect from your students (i.e. respectful posts). 
  • Create a space for students to express their concerns and questions about the course and for you to respond publicly. Posts can be set to anonymous.
  • Consult with an instructional design expert to help you with questions, issues, and challenges with online course design.
  • Make links open in new pages. This will help students keep track of navigation and enable them to return easily to where they began. 
  • Make sure that the links are live and open correctly, including internal links, outside websites, and enrichment content that you include in your content. 
  • When creating onscreen text, you will want to break up content into “chunks” and divide them up with the use of titles and subheadings. 
  • Be a ware of download time when integrating multimedia resources. A lengthy delay in downloading resources may cause students to lose interest.
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