Engagement Strategies:
Creating Your Custom Blend of Online and Face-to-Face Learning Experiences

When creating your own blend of online and face-to-face student learning experiences, CETLOE suggests the following:

  1. Use online content to introduce topics, leaving more in-depth application and analysis for your face-to-face meetings. This can include small group discussions and group work (following social distancing guidelines).
  2. Break up long pieces of online content into smaller segments and embed low-stakes, formative assessment at the breaks. This promotes retention of information, offers opportunities to promote student metacognition, and provides instructors insights into student understanding that might inform face-to-face meetings. (Sign up for Mastering Online Teaching to find out more about online content design.)
  3. In face-to-face meetings, provide opportunities for students to engage actively with course content. Incorporation of simple active learning strategies has been shown to improve student performance across disciplines, including STEM fields. Here’s a handout that includes many interactive strategies. Select a couple and give them a try. Another great resource is Elizabeth Barkley’s book Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty which is available digitally in the University Library.

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Georgia State instructors have successfully integrated activities such as Reacting to the Past (not just for history courses), International Virtual Exchange (under the guidance of the Office of International Initiatives), case studies, career exploration, games and modeling, “and problem-solving into their courses. This list will grow as we gather more activities and suggestions from across the campus.

You can also consider having students explore University Library Resources during in-class sessions: https://research.library.gsu.edu/onlineteaching

Or you can partner with a University Librarian. The University Library has a “Teaching with a Librarian” series with excellent resources and information.

This article discusses ways you can encourage active classroom engagement while observing social distancing:
Can Active Learning Co-Exist With Physically Distanced Classrooms?.”

Some tools to explore to support socially-distanced class engagement include NearPod and Mindmeister.

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