Engaging the Online Learner

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.




About Karin Potgieter

Originally from South Africa, I have been privileged to enjoy the beautiful lifestyle of Canada. My career in Early Childhood Education has been motivating, ranging from the endearing relationships with the children and families of the Preschool that I owned to the inspirational interactions with my students as instructor of the Early Childhood Education Certificate Program. My qualifications include a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Early Childhood Education Certificate, Provincial Instructors Diploma and en route to completing the Certificate in Online/eLearning Instruction.
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