Deschaine & Whale

Increasing Student Engagement in Online Educational Leadership Courses

Mark E. Deschaine, Central Michigan University

David E. Whale, Central Michigan University


Utilization of online instruction continues to increase at universities, placing more emphasis on the exploration of issues related to adult graduate student engagement. This reflective case study reviews nontraditional student engagement in online courses. The goals of the study are to enhance student focus, attention, and interaction. Findings suggest that interactivity seems to be a key in keeping students involved and achieving, with specific activities routinely favored by students. It is recommended that time spent engaging students is worthwhile and results in greater course satisfaction and academic effort.


graduate students, online learning, student engagement

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