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It’s no secret that COVID-19 disrupted higher education. Overnight, students and instructors shifted from traditional, face-to-face instruction to a fully-virtual model. Student retention was already top-of-mind for college and university administrators. But this sudden shift made the challenge of keeping students engaged even more difficult.
A return to traditional, in-person learning is imminent. But as we begin to emerge from the pandemic, research shows that many students want to keep some online or hybrid courses in their schedule. For that reason, instructors should incorporate new ways of engagement into their everyday practice. Here are three ways your institution can help today’s students stay engaged whether they are in the classroom or online:
Regardless of how you are teaching — in-person, online, or a blend of both — it’s certain that online learning will continue to play a role. But employing these simple tips will go a long way to keeping students engaged, no matter the format they choose.
Harmonize offers a suite of engagement tools that fully integrates with leading Learning Management Systems to provide an interactive space that inspires participation and discussion. Unlike conventional online discussion platforms that rely on “threaded discussions,” Harmonize works like the social platforms students use outside of school. Capabilities like Harmonize Chat, multiple due dates, and Harmonize Q&A allow students to connect directly with classmates over the course of a discussion, fostering richer peer-to-peer and instructor-to-student interactions.
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