Guardian, Guide, Cheerleader, Coach

Strategies for Improving Student Engagement in and Online Environment

  • Todd Wente, M.Ed Independence University
Keywords: online learning, student engagement, student mentoring


Instructors in an online environment have a number of resources and avenues at their disposal for increasing student involvement in courses. However, choosing the right strategy to use can be a challenge in its own right. Add to that the need to ensure that students are truly developing mastery over course material in an online environment, and the challenge may be too great and nothing is done. A review of roles that instructors fill is followed by ways to fill them with authentic, individual communication for the benefit of student engagement and mastery is presented. 

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