Online Teacher’s Guide: Engagement

Pedagogy tells us that engaging your students with you, your classroom, and your message is a critical component to student learning and success. But how can you transition engagement to an online, asynchronous environment? This course will provide valuable strategies and examples to help you identify best practices for engaging students and help you successfully convert them to an online setting. You’ll also explore various technology tools that can be utilized in order to support these efforts.

In this course, you will:

  • Learn how to communicate clearly and set expectations with students, beginning on the first day of class,
  • Discover a variety of tools used to successfully support student engagement in an online course environment,
  • Recognize different ways to make yourself available to students for support and timely feedback,
  • Identify how to cultivate student buy-in through positive classroom culture and interesting content, and
  • Explore strategies in order to strengthen communication with students, parents and other stakeholders in the online course environment.

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Who should take this course?


What grade level(s) does this course apply to?

High School
Middle School

Course Vendor

Michigan Virtual

Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.