Tips for Increasing Student Engagement and Improving your Effectiveness as an Online Teacher

Abstract:
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the transition to online education has accelerated and educators all over the world have had to quickly adapt to the need to offering online courses. This has posed major disruptions in teaching practices but also created new, exciting opportunities to embrace new instructional approaches and update the ever changing “teaching toolkit.” In this presentation, I offer a number of simple tips that I have found to increase student engagement and improve my performance as an instructor in synchronous and asynchronous online courses. These lessons are drawn from individual experience, but they can at the very least enrich a conversation on ways in which instructional effectiveness can be improved in a context of rapidly evolving teaching (and learning!) styles.

Bio:
Ramiro Berardo is Associate Professor of Environmental and Natural Resources Policy in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Florida State University.