University of Wisconsin–Madison

Engage Students

Design Course for Clear Communication with your Students

Think about the experience you want to create. Communication and collaboration in engaging and diverse range of media can foster an equal effort and satisfaction among your students. 

Engage your students through course videos and digital media

By producing instructional video and multi-media, you can provide innovative ways for demonstrating your course concepts in methods that students interact with and seek out every day.

What case studies are being taught in other WSB classes?

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    List of HBSP Case Studies Used in WSB Courses

    Discover which case studies other instructors are using in their WSB courses. An Excel spreadsheet of Harvard Business School Publishing (HBSP) case studies used in WSB courses. Sheet includes Case Title, Case Number, Class Title/Description, and last date requested.

As you explore the online course delivery options below, think about creating quality content that can be curated for future classes as well as informal content that provides a check-in with students and a glimpse into your life. Recognizing the learning opportunities that online content enables may help in determining the length of your videos, the stories you tell in your podcasts, and the spontaneous garden tour you record with your phone. 

The possibilities are endless, so let’s start with the foundation. Ask yourself these three questions as you read through each teaching method:

  • What do students need to understand course concepts and be successful?
  • What online materials will create an engaging course, for both students and myself?
  • How can I leverage existing course content and how can I adapt content for an optimal online experience?

Announcements and Regular Communication

Keep announcements modular and engaging, and separate from lecture materials. This content should be short, informative, and personable. A reminder such as “there is a quiz on Canvas that is due at midnight this Thursday” could be delivered as an email, video, or podcast.

Create Engaging Course materials and Activities

Students assess their understanding of course material during a virtual class session or while working through it in their own time. Examples are students taking formative assessments in between short lecture videos or working on activities during synchronous discussions. 

Peer Interactions

Peer-to-peer communication takes place during class-time or as supplemental activities. Think-pair-share and whole-class discussions bring high social presence to an online class. Encourage students to use web meeting platforms and engage with one another via discussion posts, peer-reviewed papers, and group projects.

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Real-time Demonstration and Discussion 

Some concepts require the instructor to show the process for coming to a solution. Being part of the process is part of the learning. For example, the instructor or students plot points on a graph or explain how to analyze data in a spreadsheet program. As the instructor, you orchestrate the demonstration or discussion.

Insights and Evaluations

Instructors evaluate student engagement through surveys, data analytics, and responses to instructor and student material. Students provide specific and timely feedback through surveys and check-ins. Students react verbally and nonverbally to lectures and discussions. 

Increasing Communication and Interaction with your Students

Instructors and students exchange information and ideas. Facilitate blended learning through in-person, open office hours broadcast online. Share strong student discussion points with the class to encourage deeper engagement with the course.