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Handbook of Research on Digital Content, Mobile Learning, and Technology Integration Models in Teacher Education
Small, temporary discussion groups collaborating on some type of reading.
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Best Practice to Support Online Student Engagement
Lorie Cook-Benjamin (Fort Hays State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2953-8.ch015
Abstract
A best practice is a technique or methodology that, through experience and research, has proven to reliably lead to a desired result (Rouse, 2007). This chapter explores a best practice that aimed to increase the engagement of online students in a teacher education course. The best practice is related to the Community of Inquiry (CoI; Anderson, & Archer, 2000), a framework that provides an understanding of the development of online learning communities (Swan & Ice, 2010). The chapter includes a brief review of the literature on the factors that foster student engagement; online student engagement is also discussed. A description is provided of a course assignment that was modified to increase the engagement of online students. The results of this assignment's modification were positively perceived by the online students. The chapter concludes with recommended technology tools to foster engagement of online students.
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