Today’s students are juggling many responsibilities. Whether the student is a full-time working adult or a first-year student, the demands on their time are not decreasing. According to a report from Best Colleges, online students are becoming more diverse, and 47% of them choose online courses specifically for the flexibility they offer. However, keeping a diverse group of students engaged when there are competing demands on their time can be challenging.

In order to build connections, instructors must lessen the distance the students feel between themselves and their peers, and between themselves and the instructor. In this session, the presenter will share strategies for mitigating transactional distance and building connections with students in order to keep students engaged.


Original broadcast January 20, 2021

Presenter ~ Lauren Hays
Lauren Hays, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology at the University of Central Missouri. Previously, she was the Instructional and Research Librarian at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS where she enjoyed teaching and being a member of her institution’s Faculty Development Committee. Her professional interests include the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, information literacy, digital literacy, educational technology, and academic development. On a personal note, she loves dogs, traveling, and home.