High learner engagement and interaction in asynchronous online courses

A blog post by Debbie Morrison titled How Interactive is Your Online Course? Self-Assess with this Rubric, made me reflect once again on the issue of learner engagement and interaction  in education, and especially in asynchronous online education.

Debbie referes to an adapted rubric by Robyler and Ekhamil’s, presentet in their paper “How Interactive are YOUR Distance Courses? A Rubric for Assessing Interaction in Distance Learning“. Their rubric can be studied here.

I am in the process of preparing a contribution to an international monograph where my focus is on high learner engagement and interaction in asynchronous online courses, and the rubric will be the basis for my discussion. Likewise I will also explore what role emotions might have on learners’ engagement and achievements in online learning (Rienties, B. and Rivers, B.A., 2014).

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