6 Ways to Engage Students in Online Learning

Bashar Hanna
4 min readJan 12


Online courses have become a popular option to offer students top-notch education while giving them flexibility with their schedules. It can be challenging to deliver an engaging online course. Here are six tips that teachers can implement to make learning more interesting for their students.

Tip #1: Create Opportunities for Collaboration

Learning is a lot more fun when you have a team to help you. It’s also more effective when everyone has access to the same resources.

One way to facilitate collaboration is to allow students to communicate with one another through class forums. This way, students not only have the opportunity to discuss their learning, they can also ask questions, provide feedback, and help one another.

Collaboration not only helps students learn, it also provides opportunities for them to develop new ideas and solutions. You’ll also discover how your learners feel about the material and what they find challenging by working together.

Tip #2: Encourage Student Engagement

You must ensure your students are engaged in their learning process. Research has shown that students who are actively involved in the learning process acquire new skills more effectively. A great way to improve student engagement is to use interactive content, like quizzes and polls.

Quizzes are a great way to give students instant feedback about what they know and don’t know about the material. In addition to providing immediate feedback, quizzes also help students stay engaged in the course because they can see their progress.

Polling can also be an effective means of engaging students because it allows them to express their point of view. This creates an environment where students feel they are part of what is happening in class.

Tip #3: Use Video Lessons

In a world of increased distractions, making your lessons engaging is crucial. Add videos and audio content to make your teaching more memorable. Students are more likely to enjoy the class and remember the information if they watch and listen instead of reading. Researchers have found that students who watch videos for lessons are more engaged and retain more information.

There is no better way to bring information from textbooks or online sources to life than by putting it into video format. You can also tie in other media types, such as animations or screencasts that help provide context for terms and facts from your lectures.

Tip #4: Avoid Cognitive Overload

Cognitive overload can happen when students are provided with too much material to process. This can lead to disengagement and boredom, the opposite of what you want your students to feel.

Teachers must consider students’ cognitive load when designing their online courses. It is important to make sure that the assignments are manageable in both time and complexity. This means breaking tasks down into smaller chunks, giving deadlines for assignment completion, and providing feedback on how students are progressing to keep them engaged.

Tip #5: Be Flexible and Responsive

In today’s digital age, students expect to be able to learn at their own pace, on their own time. This flexibility can be vital for learners who may face particular challenges in the traditional classroom. Students who need more time to finish an assignment should have the option to work independently outside of class.

This independence can come with its own set of challenges, however. For example, it may be difficult for learners to know when they are ready to move on to the next lesson or activity without help from a teacher or instructional coach. Students can get frustrated and lose interest in the course if they do not get the help they need. Teachers should monitor learners’ progress and update their tasks as needed.

Students should always feel like they are part of a team and can reach out to someone for help when they need it. Through online learning platforms, educators can provide engaging content to students, keep them motivated, and support them throughout the learning process.

Tip #6: Provide Timely Feedback

Providing feedback on your students’ work is an essential part of teaching. Feedback helps students understand their strengths and areas where they need to improve. Providing feedback can also help you determine what to focus on during your lectures. This is especially important in online learning since there is no real time, face-to-face interaction.

The best type of feedback includes specific tips for improvement. For example, if a student’s English paper contains grammatical errors, you could include links to resources with grammar help. This would provide students with the resources they need to improve.


Interactive education is a new and engaging way to share knowledge and expertise. It provides a creative and collaborative environment for students interested in learning beyond the classroom. Interactive education helps students develop analytical, creative, and other skills that they can use in their future careers.

Originally published at https://bashar-hanna.com.



Bashar Hanna

Dr. Bashar Hanna has spent nearly four years as the president and chief executive officer of Pennsylvania’s Bloomsburg University.