Student Engagement in Large Undergraduate Online Courses
Steve Lytle, Barbara Lytle, Jay Brophy, University of Central Florida, United States
E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-60-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA
This presentation will discuss and demonstrate our best practice experiences with undergraduate courses on a large scale. Our methods include stressing early motivation and participation, active engagement, and use of a simulation to intensify participation and retention. Our university is a large metropolitan research institution located in Central Florida. The methods we use are deployed in three online courses. We use a consistent set of tools. These include early involvement via our E-Community application, posting of a hypothetical job at our simulated "Acme Regional Healthcare System", and assignments that direct students to become part of the course and engaged with their classmates and professor. Enrollment in our three undergraduate courses is consistently 500 students total. During our presentation we hope to discuss our methods of engagement, demonstrate how our simulation is used and illustrate how students are involved in the course.
Lytle, S., Lytle, B. & Brophy, J. (2006). Student Engagement in Large Undergraduate Online Courses. In T. Reeves & S. Yamashita (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2006--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 1330-1333). Honolulu, Hawaii, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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