These are excellent tools for monitoring engagement but there are options that allow monitoring and give educators and learners the point of contact that learners so often need in moments of frustration or demotivation. The following suggestions maintain educator presence and human interaction which are important elements in learner feedback.
5 Reengagement Practices for to diminish 'Click Guessing' and help learners reengage:
- Module notes-Have learners keep their calculations and notes from computer problems or modules on paper. These notes can be used as references or check ins and provide a paper accountability process that may help learners with engagement. These may also prevent "click guessing' as learners are encourage to work through their problems on paper instead of their head.
- Recreate the last problem ...on paper-Periodically have learners find a stopping point in their computer program. Learners then recreate the last computer question or problem on paper and then turn this in (or exchange with neighbor for feedback). Remember the point is accountability and an alternative means of engagement. Turning in the work should be focused on feedback.
- Daily paragraph: Learners provide a written paragraph explaining the success and struggle of their current module or explaining how they solved a certain problem. Created each day, these provide a progress report for both the learner and the educator and help learners articulate their success and frustration.
- Periodic written assessments and instructional delivery. Assessment and instruction does not have to be computer generated simply because the computer CAN provide them. If you sense that learners are clicking without attention and are stuck, move instruction temporarily to whole group, one on one, or peer interactions and use traditional feedback until motivation increases and the latency effect of computers have decreased. Sometimes only a short lesson or a day away from the computer will re energize learners.
- Click limit--Create a procedure for random clicks. Share with learners that if module or problem feedback reveals random clicking, then the educator will provide intervention through one to one instruction. This procedural process when used regularly will help learners ask for help when they become frustrated and provides accountability for randomly guessing and clicking without purpose.