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Encouraging Students to Connect & Engage in Virtual Learning Environments

  • September 15, 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom

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Participants will be able to:

  • Identify and understand the differences between a traditional student and online learner
  • Explore high-touch teaching techniques for online student populations
  • Increase awareness of free and affordable ‘tech-toys’ for faculty use in the online classroom to keep students engaged and connected

“The ways students engage in educational opportunities have changed dramatically during the last three decades. For example, a student can now enroll, participate in classes, conduct research, take examinations, use the library, and graduate through an online setting, without ever having to set foot on a traditional college campus” (Sandeen & Barr, 2006).

With the adult learner and ‘traditional’ student population becoming more diverse by definition each year especially in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, higher education institutions have been quickly introducing large numbers of academic course offerings from a distance. With the drastic and quick increase of these online course offerings, faculty are becoming more interested in learning how to keep their students engaged and connected from afar. At this session, participants will learn how to further enhance the online student learning experience through the use of technology and adult-focused resources. Best practices and strategies will be shared regarding how to cultivate and retain ‘distance’ learners. I will also introduce some free, affordable and user friendly ‘tech-toys’ that can be used directly in the online classroom within various learning management systems.

Participants will receive a handout which will include a list of over 25 innovative technology tools that can be used to enhance the online experience for students.

To guide the conversation for this session, I will be using my recently published book chapter entitled Creatively Advising Online Learners: Encouraging 21st Century Students to Connect, Network, and Engage in Virtual Settings from the book Online & Engaged: Innovative Student Affairs Practices for Online Learner Success (2020).

References: Sandeen, A., & Barr, M. (2006). Critical issues for student affairs: Challenges and opportunities. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Presented byArielle Norment, M.S., Assistant Dean, Business & Technology Division, Community College of Philadelphia

Arielle Norment currently serves as the Assistant Dean of the division of Business & Technology at Community College of Philadelphia. Prior to joining the CCP community, she has worked in various academic-related administrative positions with her most recent role being an Academic Program Manager at Drexel University. She also has extensive experience in the classroom as an adjunct professor of Psychology and Early Childhood Education both in traditional and virtual settings. As a higher education professional, Arielle has a strong background in academic and student affairs in areas such as academic advising, administrative operations, academic programming & quality improvement, curriculum planning, co-curricular development, first-year experience programming, and online learning. She is also a published author and a member of the Drexel University alumni in academia professional affinity group. As a hobby, Arielle is an avid traveler and has currently been to 8 countries and counting!


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