Extensive research has shown that people learn best by doing things and reflecting on what they have done, not by watching and listening to someone else telling them what they are supposed to know. While a good lecture can motivate and instruct students, if lecturing is the only thing that happens in a class, much less learning takes place than would occur if more active teaching methods were mixed in.

Methods for getting students actively engaged in traditional face-to-face classes have been developed and shown to be effective in hundreds of studies. Getting students actively engaged in online classes poses unique challenges, however, and methods for doing it are in a much lower state of development. This webinar outlines several of them and offers suggestions for making them effective.

Learning Outcomes:

After participating in the webinar, you will be able to answer the following questions:

  • What is online active student engagement?
  • What forms might it take?
  • Which of those forms are most likely to effectively promote students’ learning?
  • What specific online engagement strategies have been found effective in synchronous and asynchronous online courses?
  • What conditions should be in place in online instruction regardless of which specific engagement strategies are adopted?

Dr. Felder has authored or co-authored over 300 papers on chemical process engineering and engineering education. He has won numerous awards for his teaching, research, and publications.

Dr. Brent is President of Education Designs, Inc., with more than 35 years of experience in education and specializes in staff development in engineering and the sciences, teacher preparation, and evaluation of educational programs at both precollege and college levels.