Assessing Engagement and Facilitation

Now that we’ve explored the Community of Inquiry and types of presence, let’s consider how you might measure your students’ engagement and your facilitation.


How can I know students are engaged?

There are several ways you can observe and measure student engagement in your online course.

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Assessing your facilitation

Ensuring that you establish and maintain cognitive, social, and teaching presence throughout a course can help promote student engagement. The Assessing Online Facilitation Instrument is a helpful checklist for assessing your facilitation throughout a course.



Before you begin the next module, take a moment to reflect on what you have learned.




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