Increasing Studentsâ€™ Interactivity in an Online Course
The purpose was to increase studentsâ€™ engagement with the course materials, heighten their online discussions, and deepen their thinking about course-related concepts, theoretical principles, and research findings. Several strategies were used towards this end. Analyses of studentsâ€™ discussions showed that they relied frequently upon personal anecdotes to make meaning of the theories and developmental principles covered in the course. The instructional strategies did not, however, bear a direct relationship to studentsâ€™ participation, learning, or course performance. Rendering the course materials sensible in light of their personal experiences is a critical indicator of studentsâ€™ understanding and learning.