Engagement Strategies for Teaching Online Synchronous Sessions

On Demand
Session Type: Breakout Session
Delivery Format: On-Demand

Are you really a lifelong learner? Watch this session and come away with tips, strategies, and practices that will help you engage your students and build class community. We’ll explore break-out rooms, accessibility recommendations, and the dreaded blank box (cameras that are always turned off). Though many of us were forced into Zoom school, there are lots of ways to continue to encourage engagement and build community with your students, from learning their cat’s name to tracking what is happening in the chat. Sudents want to engage and learn—they just need to know how. This session will explore key strategies for engaging students and managing activities in synchronous online class sessions based on current research, learning theories, and student surveys. These strategies are easily replicable for faculty (or instructional designers working with faculty) across a college or university.


  • Kris Gorman

    Education Program Specialist, University of Minnesota
  • Nima Salehi

    Instructional Designer, University of Minnesota
  • Sara Schoen

    Instructional Designer, University of Minnesota