Best Practices in Engaging Online Learners Through Active and Experiential Learning Strategies, Second Edition, is a practical guide for all instructors, instructional designers, and online learning administrators designing, developing, teaching, and leading online, hybrid and blended learning courses and programs, who seek to provide supportive, engaging, and interactive learner experiences. This book explores the integration of active and experiential learning approaches and activities including simulations, gamification, social media integration, project-based learning, scenario-based learning, virtual tours, and online micro-credentialing as they relate to the development of authentic skill-building, communication, problem-solving, and critical-thinking in learners.  New and emerging learning technologies of virtual and augmented reality along with artificial intelligence are included in this updated edition with examples of how instructors can actively use them in online courses to engage learners in experiential experiences. Readers will find guidelines for the development of participatory and peer-learning, competency-based learning, field-based experiences, clinical experiences, and service-learning opportunities in the online classroom. In addition, the authors provide effective learning strategies, discipline-specific examples, templates, and additional resources that align learner engagement with assessment practices and course outcomes.

chapter 1|10 pages

Online Learner Engagement

Beyond the Traditional Discussion Board

chapter 2|22 pages

Real-World Connections

Field-Based Experiences, Civic Engagement Opportunities, and Simulations

chapter 3|20 pages

Project-Based and Scenario-Based Learning

Virtual Labs, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual and Augmented Reality

chapter 4|16 pages

Staying Connected

Gamification and Social Media

chapter 5|18 pages

Building Social Presence

Participatory and Peer-Learning Opportunities

chapter 6|19 pages

Assessment Practices

Evaluating Active and Experiential Learning