Maybe you find that some of your students do not engage actively in your online teaching. Perhaps, some students do not take part in discussions, some switch off their camera and some do not even join the meeting. You are not the only one to experience this.
Below, you will find recommendations to help you motivate your students and make them participate actively in your online teaching activities
Online teaching and learning often depends on students working independently with the content and materials. The students may find it confusing to navigate the materials, complete the assignments and plan their work when the usual framework and daily support from fellow students and teachers are no longer readily accessible.
By giving clear instructions and dividing teaching and assignments into smaller parts, the online activities will become more manageable for the students. For example, you could:
Even though students are keen users of digital media in their social lives, having online discussions about academic material with teachers and fellow students can be frightening.
By offering several ways to participate and by making it clear how students can take active part, you can make your online teaching more engaging and motivating. For example, you could:
Study groups are crucial for motivation and learning – also online. If students do not have a well-established study group, the risk that they will feel alone with their academic work increases – especially when they do not see their classmates on campus.
You can encourage collaboration between students by setting up groups and planning group assignments both during and between teaching sessions. For example, you could:
When students have lost their inner motivation, having a deadline and knowing that someone is waiting for them to provide input can be a help. For this reason, it is a good idea to make students regularly share their work with you and with each other. This will also give you a sense of their academic level and their understanding of the academic content. Note that this can be a very time-consuming process, so it is important that you keep it manageable.
By setting shorter but more frequent deadlines and less comprehensive assignments, you can keep an eye on and follow up on students' work. This makes the assignments seem more relevant to students. For example, you could:
Interaction with the teacher can be a crucial factor for students’ level of engagement in teaching. In online teaching, interaction between teachers and students does not happen by itself, and you cannot rely on students taking the initiative. For this reason, you need to be proactive in establishing and maintaining contact with your students.
Arrange personal meetings with each student/group of students, and be proactive with regard to students who do not ask for help themselves. For example, you could: