Below is a link to a podcast with the authors of the book “Engaging the Online Learner”.
Is is even possible to engage a learner in an online environment?
When I first though about taking an online class I was wondering how I would ever stir up enough motivation to complete a course in an online environment since I learn through engagement, interaction and active participation. I was under the impression that an online course would be boring, isolated and basically just a chore to get credentials. I was very wrong. When I compare my courses that I completed face to face and those I completed online I was definitely more actively involved and engaged in the online courses. I was amazed that I was able to build a rapport with instructors and peers. My learning was more engaging because more often than not I would delve even deeper into a topic than was actually required. Sometimes after an hour of diversifying my reading I would really need to collect my thoughts and figure out what my original research mission was. At the end of the course I had more information and resources than was required for the course outcomes. That shows engagement.