How To Make Your Online Course Engaging
Student engagement is crucial to the success of your online course. When your students aren’t engaged, they can struggle to finish your online course. If they are not finishing your course, they are not getting the results.
If you’ve ever built a course before, you notice a lot of the students don’t finish the course. That’s actually pretty common. A lot of new course creators will get very frustrated when they see the amount of people that sign up for their course but never finish it.
There are a few things that you can do to help keep your students engaged and help them get to the end of the course.
Why Engagement Is Important
An engaged student is more likely to finish the online course. An engaged student is going to get more value from the course. And an engaged student is likely to purchase another course for you in the future as well as recommend you to others.
Boosting student engagement helps you overall with your online courses now and in the future.
Make An Emotional Connection
There are several things that you need to keep your student engaged. One is an emotional connection. Your students need to enjoy what they’re doing. They need to have fun. Make your online course something that they want to do.
Adding some form of gamification is a great way to do this. This can be a leader board or some sort of reward as they reach different goals along the way.
Support Your Students
Your students need to feel supported. You can make your students feel more supported with an online course community. This is a place they can reach out to other students going through the course.
When you build a community with your students, this allows them to help each other, work together, and also get support from you. Maybe you have a student that is uncomfortable asking for help. A community gives them the opportunity to see other people asking questions.
Also, reach out to your students one on one. Sending a personal message asking them how they are doing at different points in your online course will show them you are there for them. A great way to do this is with an app like Bonjoro.
Reaching out to students and asking them for feedback tells you if there’s a particular area where people are getting stuck and dropping off.
If you notice that a student has been inactive for an unusual amount of time, shoot them an email. Just ask them straight out. Hey, I noticed you haven’t been active. What can I do to help? Maybe they were afraid to ask you for help. Maybe they got frustrated. Unless you ask, you won’t know.
Get Your Students To Take Action
Another one of the things that you need to do to keep your student engaged is behavioral. You need to get your students to take action. Getting your students to take action will keep them engaged in the course more.
This can be done by assigning tasks or even asking questions. Setting goals and assignments for your student helps them focus on the task and reach the next goal. It helps them stay engaged in what they’re learning.
Asking questions and expecting your students to answer encourages your students to focus and therefore engage with the content better.
Provide workbooks and activities to do this will enhance your lessons. We all learn in different ways. By including workbooks, PDFs and other kinds of activities, this helps with the cognitive needs of your students.
It allows them to retain that knowledge and actually learn it better. Workbooks and activities do not have to be something huge. It can be as simple as a single page PDF with a few questions.
Do Your Students Get What You Teach?
Are they invested in learning the material? If for some reason they don’t understand what they’re learning, this can cause them to disengage from your content.
By offering help and support along the way, this can help your students stay more engaged with the online course content.
Create A Cohesive Flow
By creating a nice flow to your curriculum, this helps students move through it with ease. This can be a step-by-step process where one lesson builds on the other. When you’re creating your course curriculum, step back and make sure that one lesson flows neatly into the next.
Keep It Simple
Keep lessons short and simple. Most online course creators have a tendency to want to put everything they know about a topic in their online course. I understand that you want to give your students more value. But loading them down with a bunch of extra information is not going to help them reach the goal of your online course.
Only put the bare minimum of what they need to get from point A to point B. From where they are starting to where they are supposed to be by the end of the course. If you still want to include extra information, have a bonus section.
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Going A Step Above
Adding a bonus section at the end of your course is always a great idea when it comes to selling your course. That’s where you’re going to put all that extra information that isn’t necessarily necessary to reach the goal in your online course.
By combining all these tips, you will be able to meet the needs of your students and help keep them engaged to the end of your course. Having a happy student can lead to future sales, and even referrals to your course.
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