_the difference between engaged and disengaged learners28 Jun 16 by Kevin Bonilla
Being able to recognize and react to the telltale signs of a disengaged learner, is vital to the success of an online course. We have compiled a short list of tendencies to keep an eye out for, when tracking student engagement.
Disengaged learners aren’t active
A student who does not participate in class discussions, procrastinates on projects or assignments, and puts forth minimal effort, is clearly disengaged. We often find these individuals passively observing in group activities as well. The student’s grades are typically reflective of his/her performance standards. For the disengaged student, these standards tend to be below average.
Engaged learners are active
A student who is engaged will show consistent signs of involvement in class activities, put forth their best effort in projects or assignments, and take pride in performing well in the class. These students tend to take on an active role in student-lead discussion as well.
Disengaged learners are unmotivated
Disengaged learners will show little or no signs of individual development, and lack a true appreciation for the subject. These students often look bored in class, and uninterested in the topics they should be learning. Disengaged students prefer to avoid challenges, as they would rather remain pedestrian to the course.
Engaged learners are open to challenges
The active learner does not shy away from intellectually stimulating topics or issues. They display a strong commitment to revisiting material, solving problems, and improving previous work. Instructors can usually sense that the student is more energized than the rest, as they are frequently driven by their curiosity.