Engaging students in the online classroom is one way to provide students the opportunity to interact with and digest information in any course.

Here are some best practices to help you engage students in the online classroom:


Announcements can provide students just-in-time information and additional content to enhance the course.

Classroom Community

One way to build a classroom community is through the Community of Inquiry approach. Community of Inquiry is a process to create a deep and meaningful learning experience through the development of three elements: social presence, teaching presence, and cognitive presence.


Discussions provide students the opportunity to engage in meaningful experiences by interacting with peers, forming their own assumptions and inquiries, and providing knowledge and facilitation through responses.


Personalized and timely feedback from the instructor allows the student to self-regulate their learning. Feedback is imperative to continue the learning process.


Including elements such as pictures and videos about yourself can create a welcoming environment for your students.

Real-world Examples

Linking course content to real-world examples provides students an additional way to connect with the material. Real-world examples can occur through articles, case studies, personal stories, and current events. 


Using different technologies such as videos, audio recordings, infographics, polls, and other platforms can provide opportunities for students to learn and engage with the material in the course.


The mission of the Rothwell Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence is to empower faculty members in their pursuit of professional growth through diverse offerings for the universal goal of student success.

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