Engagement Strategies for Teaching Remotely (ONLINE COURSE)

This course can count toward the Certificate of Proficiency in Teaching for eLearning. To learn more, click HERE.

Student engagement is a common goal whether you are teaching in a classroom, or online.  There are, however, added complexities to engaging students in the remote and online environment.  In this course, we will explore the challenges and barriers to engaging students remotely.  You will be introduced to the TEC-VARIETY framework, which offers evidenced-based solutions.  You will explore this framework on your own, and collaboratively with a small group of your peers, to discover how you can add some TEC-VARIETY to your online or remote course(s) to make them engaging, and to motivate your learners.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, participants will have

  1. Identified challenges for engaging students in a remote environment
  2. Used the TEC-VARIETY framework to categorize a chosen challenge and describe a strategy that can be used to address this challenge
  3. Discussed various challenges and solutions with peers to build a repository of ideas for engaging students in a remote environment

This course is open to all course directors at York and no previous experience with remote teaching is required. Participants can expect to spend approximately 1-2 hours per session engaging with course content and activities, for a course total of 4-8 hours. The course is blended, in which there are both synchronous sessions on Zoom and asynchronous activities to be completed in Moodle.  The asynchronous activities allow some flexibility, meaning that participants can complete tasks at any time that is convenient to them, within a specific 1-week time frame.

This course focuses on the pedagogy of remote teaching, specifically engagement strategies.  There will be limited opportunities for support with the technical side of teaching remotely (use of Zoom and Moodle).  You may wish to contact your Faculty’s learning technology supports for any technical questions you have.

Upcoming course dates:

November 16-December 11

  • Kick-off session, Monday, November 16th, 11am-12pm
  • Optional Q&A session, Friday, November 27th, 11am-12pm
  • Wrap-up session, Wednesday, December 9th, 11am-12pm

Here is the link to register.

Note that registration for this course closes November 10th, 11:59 pm.


Should course registration be full, you can add yourself to a waiting list here: Waiting List