Engaging instructional design and instructor role in online learning environment Academic Article uri icon


  • Purpose This paper aims to review the literature to discuss engaging online instructional design and instructors role in enhancing learner engagement in educational and corporate settings. Design/methodology/approach This paper carries out a narrative literature review. Findings Instructor presence in online learner engagement is a multidimensional effort, and learner engagement can be established in online instruction through communication, consistent feedback on learner performance and critical discourse. Building connection with the learners is essential in an online learning environment. Engaging online instructors challenge and encourage learners to spare more academic effort, use techniques to improve engagement and involve and care about learners. Research limitations/implications Instructors roles in shaping online learning and instruction deserve more attention. More research is needed to understand which technologies work best for specific academic areas or learner demographics and why online learners find it difficult to learn with peers unless supplemented with appropriate online instruction. Practical implications This review offers strategies for improved online instructional design to achieve learning engagement. Originality/value This review highlights an underexplored concept of instructors role in creating engaging online instructional design by understanding learner needs and receptiveness.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Arghode, V., Brieger, E., & Wang, J.

citation count

  • 26

complete list of authors

  • Arghode, Vishal||Brieger, Earl||Wang, Jia

publication date

  • October 2018