Student Engagement

Information for Spring 2020

During this unprecedented time of remote learning when students and faculty are both facing many complicated circumstances, it is important for faculty to foster and track student engagement. Instructors are encouraged to communicate early and often with students.

If you have any student with whom you are unable to make contact during the first week or remote teaching, or who falls out of contact (for 3+ days) at any point during the remainder of the term, please complete the Student of Concern Referral form.

Canvas Analytics

Canvas has several useful tools to track student engagement with course materials and assignments. These course-level analytics are available to all instructors.

Canvas Analytics Resources

Canvas Analytics for Evaluating Student Engagement Workshops

Zoom Synchronous Sessions

While students should not be penalized for missing synchronous class sessions due to circumstances outside of their control, faculty should track student attendance in their Zoom sessions in order to identify students at risk of falling behind due to lack of engagement or access.

One simple way to track attendance is to have all students type their name in the chat at the beginning and end of each session. You may save the chat file to review at a later time.

Teaching in a Time of Uncertainty

The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence has compiled a set of resources to help instructors navigate issues they may encounter during this semester (e.g. incorporating trauma-informed strategies into your courses and dealing with your and your students' emotional reactions) through an inclusive and equitable lens. Their site includes upcoming webinars, articles, and videos.

Teaching in a Time of Uncertainty