Friday, April 9th, 2021
11:10 AM - 12:00 PM: Concurrent Sessions
Persevering Through a Pandemic: Maintaining Student Engagement Through Quality Course Design
Quality Matters Standards promote establishing connections between the student and the instructor, the content, and their peers to promote student success. In today's landscape of various learning modalities (Zoom, hybrid, distance, online, and high flex, to name a few), even experienced faculty members may be struggling to find ways to best establish these connections with and for their students. High quality, intentional course design is now more important than ever. This session will first look at the research supporting student engagement, then discuss practical ways of achieving it through course structure and design, establishing instructor presence, and encouraging peer to peer interaction. Participants will leave with ideas for immediate implementation into their own classes. There will be time allowed at the end for audience members to share their strategies as well.
Identify challenges of today's learning modalities.
Explain the importance of student engagement per the research.
Implement course design, instructor presence, and student interaction ideas into courses.
Roxanne Heimann, Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow for Assessment, Hawkeye Community College
Roxanne is an Assistant Professor at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, IA. There she teaches a variety of communication classes, and in the Fall of 2018 was awarded a Faculty Fellow position focusing on assessment which she still currently holds. Roxanne now primarily keeps busy both with her own classes and training adjunct instructors on Hawkeye's assessment process, as well as serving on various campus committees. In the future, she hopes to create an adjunct mentoring program at Hawkeye to create stronger connections between full time and part time instructors. Saving students money via OER use is a personal passion for Roxanne.