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COVID-19 Updates: CCAPS and the University

Six Ways to Engage Online Students

60 minutes
Oral Presentation

Join us to explore a high-tech and high-touch method for supporting online students to make them feel engaged as part of their campus community. Throughout this session, you will walk through six different methods that helped to increase online students' participation in virtual activities. Improve your student engagement and success rates by one or more of the following:
1. Zoom
2. Atomic Learning (LearnIt, DoIt, ProveIt)
3. Cengage (Mindtap) and/or Pearson (MyIT Lab)
4. ReadSpeaker
5. Ted Talks/YouTube
6. Office365.
We will demonstrate how we use these products in a variety of blended and online courses with the result of engaging students with access to rich learning applications. LTI Integrations and Definitions, Web Conferencing with Zoom, Student Self-Help with Atomic Learning Publishers, LTI: Pearson and Cengage Mindtap, Text to Speech with ReadSpeaker, Videos in Ted Talks, and/or YouTubeOffice365, Widget in D2L Brightspace. With Q/A at the end.

Topic Area(s): Learner Engagement Strategies


Karen LaPlant is an Information Technology Faculty member at Hennepin Technical College and has been teaching there since 1989. LaPlant has a master's in Instructional Technology from St. Cloud State University. She has been teaching online classes since 2006. Karen is a Certified Quality Matters Reviewer. She enjoys her role as an Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) site evaluator.