I get tons of email every day, and it can be quite overwhelming at times. But there’s nothing better than being able to offer advice for faculty in need. Today I got this email:

Hi, Alisa-

I hope your semester is going well! If you have a minute, I was hoping to pick your brain. I have noticed that students are skipping modules altogether and just clicking on assignments in the Canvas Calendar to submit them. Obviously, missing the reading assignments and instruction provided causes students to do poorly on the assignments they are submitting. I’m sure students think they are quite clever to have found this shortcut, but it is undermining the quality of their education. Have any of the other ENG comp instructors noticed students doing this? If so, what are they doing about it? Thanks for your time, K.

Here’s my response to my fellow online instructor for how to help get (force) students to read the content in your online course. It’s not full proof and requires some time and effort, but the results are effective. It was certainly worth the effort. How do you get your students to read the online content? Let me know in the comments.


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