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CDF: Incorporating Effective Online Communication and Engagement Activities into Your Course

February 26, 2024 at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM


Digital technologies enable us to provide a variety of learning and communication opportunities, regardless of teaching modality. Additionally, they allow us to reach out to and actively engage course participants, and to frequently gauge students’ progress.

In this online session, we showcase a variety of “best-selling” engagement and communication online activities, which have been successfully incorporated into many Carleton courses in previous years, and we focus on the pedagogical principles behind them, rather than technical solutions. The activities we discuss include:

  • Weekly Announcements
  • “Ask the Instructor” forum
  • Introductory course activities
  • Synchronous online meetings and engagement
  • Discussion forums
  • Student feedback
  • Weekly learning responses
  • Quizzes for learning
  • “Path to success” in your course

If you complete this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Recall several questions to consider when planning communication activities during the course design phase
  • Explain why communication is an essential element of teaching and learner engagement
  • Implement strategies to engage and communicate with students online

The target audience is instructors with limited or no experience teaching online or using online technology for communication and engagement. No prior knowledge is needed, but exposure to LMS and web conferencing technology is desirable.

Space is limited. Please register in advance by filling out the form below.

This is part of Course Design Fundamentals, offered by TLS. Participants who complete five workshops and a guided reflection of the experience will receive a letter of completion to include in their teaching dossier. To enrol in the CDF program, please complete this form and register for the workshops here.

“The journey through these (CDF) workshops has been transformative, reshaping my educational approach in profound ways. The insights I’ve gained have not only helped me become a better educator but have also changed how I think about teaching effectively. As I step into each classroom, I am prepared with strategies that empower students to become active participants in their learning journey.” (CDF program participant)