Incorporating Innovative Instructional Strategies to Enhance Learner Engagement in Online College Courses

Incorporating Innovative Instructional Strategies to Enhance Learner Engagement in Online College Courses

Lynne Orr (William Paterson University, USA & Walden University, USA), Linda Weekley (Walden University, USA) and Brianna Reyes (William Paterson University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1662-1.ch004

Abstract

The effectiveness of innovative college teaching in online learning can be measured by learner engagement. Online learners in a master's degree program in education have expressed and shown an increase in learner engagement through the facilitation of innovative practices in addition to a synchronized weekly Skype session to apply innovative practices. These practices have proven to increase learner engagement and decrease completion time for doctoral study candidates. The two online programs will describe how the inclusion of innovation in online instructional strategies increases learner engagement. Solutions and recommendations for effective instructional strategies will also be reviewed in relation to facilitating learner engagement.
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Background

The background of the chapter will discuss innovation in higher education. Definition of terms and innovative practices will briefly be described. The three subsections include innovation in higher education as a skill area; creative instructional strategies in higher education; and learner engagement in online learning in higher education. This will be followed by instructional strategies which will nurture greater student engagement.

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