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April 6, 2020

How do I keep students engaged and persisting in my course now that we have moved online?

You may have noticed a drop-off in student participation as your course has moved online. Staying actively engaged is a common struggle for students in online courses and retention in online courses is usually reported as significantly lower than for face-to-face courses. (Dietz-Uhler et al. 2007) This can be due to a number of factors including a lack of social connection to the class, other competing priorities and responsibilities, frustrations with technical difficulties in the course, and the fact that online courses require greater self-regulation from students who may not be skilled in that.  Read More...


April 6, 2020

Welcome to Lamar University’s new blog about teaching and learning. This blog is being created during the COVID-19 crisis as a way for campus offices devoted to excellence in teaching, primarily the Center for Teaching and Learning Enhancement and the Division of Distance Education, to connect with faculty who are working at a distance. 

For the foreseeable future, the blog will focus on online teaching, since that is the immediate need of our campus, but once things are back to normal we will offer a wider variety of content to suit your needs. Read More...