Learning Technology@LJMU

Encouraging online social engagement to support active blended learning (STAFF DEVELOPMENT)

This session explores well developed and established practises from distance learning that may help you in designing engaging online activities.

This is a practical session, focusing on using existing tools in Canvas to encourage social engagement, rather than individual activities. A number of examples will be provided and there will be time to discuss and share ideas about how these could be used in your own practice.


Video recording of session

Here is a set of videos of this session:

Introduction to ABL and online engagement and creating your first task

Setting up groups and why they are important

A word about assessments

Creating the online task

Monitoring students


The trainer will take you through a number of ideas some of which are supported by the following pages:

Simple ice breakers ideas

Guides for using Canvas discussion boards

Guides to using groups in Canvas

Guide to setting module requirements in Canvas

Guides to using Canvas Chat

Guides to using Private Journals

Guides to using Canvas Collaborations (office365)

Further reading

G. Salmon E-tivities book

An Online Engagement Framework for Higher Education by Petrea Redmond, Amanda Heffernan, Lindy Abawi, Alice Brown, Robyn Henderson