Engaging Students in Online Activities – Deirdre Cijffers

Deirdre Cijffers must have seen IndiWork!

A little more information here.

Influencing behaviour

Nudge theory

Making choices / making it easy (apples of chocolates at the supermarket checkout)

Three way approach – involve.org.uk (short video explanation here)

  • shove (firm nudge) (assessment approach)
  • think (through intellectual engagement)
  • nudge

face to face / online self study / online collaborative

How can we assess the work the students are doing? Language skills? Content? Organisation? -What about for online work? Assess on Action? Assess on what they have learned? The second is better – can they complete a task on what they have learned? Face to face task link to the the online activity. Students  – am I doing this just for a score, or am I doing it so that I can do better in the assessment?

Portfolios – student make decision about what they keep in their portfolio. Examples of writing, speaking – share with teachers, add comments.

Engagement – how will you get them excited about the coming semester? Find out their motivations? Their goals, and then smaller steps – long term and short term. Ask them what grades they want? Setting them up for disappointment?

Learner training – not really teaching them how to use a LMS – can do it themselves; instead train the learners how to manage time; understanding the feedback and the needs analysis.

Look at topics from a different perspective to maintain student’s interest

On-going dialogue with students about how they will reach their final goal – getting a good GPA, working for a good company, studying overseas.

Overtly linking online work to face to face work

Portfolio – review and evaluate the items in their portfolio. Set a limit of the number of items. How do the items show improvement? How do the achievements relate to their goals?

Email reminders – with link, and positive phrasing “half the class have already done this”, rather than “half the class have not done this”; Only three places left – make it seem like an opportunity, encouraging and positive – all about nudging!

Very clear instructions – on forum activity. Why are they doing it? What is the task? What do they need to do?

Student friendly timing. Reduce the number of activities near the final exams. Long enough for everyone to participate, but not so long as people will get bored. Around a week.

Set up online interactive activities in class time; praise of good work done online; recognition of interesting contributions in class.

  • Shove – assessment strategy – but think wide
  • Think –  engage students in the process
  • Nudge – making it easy to do the right thing

101 tips to motivate the online learner – more for corporate training, but some can be used. (pdf)

  • Make the “What’s in it for me” message loud and clear.  – Think
  • Send regular emails, with Attention grabbing subject line – Nudge
  • Assess all components of the blend – Shove (or participants will view online components as optional)

How do we motivated the unmotivated? What if students have not done the online activities prior to the lesson?

Self assessment / peer (cross) assessment? What role do they have?

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