Topic 1: Interaction in the digital environment

Dr. Erika Smith (Assoc. Professor at Mount Royal University, Canada) illustrates important ways that educators can foster three key types of online interaction in remote teaching and learning. Examples and strategies for balancing asynchronous and synchronous approaches to these educational interactions are also provided.

Student-Content Interaction

Goal: Develop and apply content knowledge and cognitive learning.

Readings, mini-lectures, recorded or synchronous audio/video, websites, social feeds, reports, wikis, cases.

Feedback and assessment:

Reading responses, quizzes, reflections, essays, case studies.

Student-Student Interaction

Goal: Social learning via community building and peer-to-peer connections.

Virtual cafes, discussion forums, collaborative projects, break-out groups, meaningful team-based connections.

Feedback and assessment:

Observing and engaging with collaborative processes and products.

Teacher-Student Interaction

Goal: Establish strong teaching presence and a supportive learning environment.

Office hours, coffee chats, Q&As, summaries, ”real-world” stories, check-ins, reminders, course road maps.

 Feedback and assessment: Timely responses on student performance, questions, provide clarity.