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Student to Content Interactions

Student to content

When planning student-to-content interaction:

  • Create activities that are engaging, accessible, and related to learning outcomes 
  • Provide students with the opportunity to test their knowledge, practice skills, or reflect on the course content throughout the course
  • Consider giving students the opportunity to contribute to course content and resources

Interactions between students and course content can take various forms, such as reading informational texts, watching instructional videos, listening to podcasts, using software, participating in virtual labs or simulations, or working on assigned projects.

Research has found that students who frequently interact with online content are more engaged, receive higher grades (Chao, Hwu, & Chang, 2011; Rodrigues & Armellini, 2013), and are more likely to pass the course (Zimmerman, 2012) compared to students who do not interact with online content. In order to motivate students to spend time interacting with your course, and to deepen their overall learning, ensure that the content is easy to access, engaging, and promotes meaningful connections among various tasks.

Opportunities for content interaction

Below are some suggestions for engaging student with the content in your course.


Chao, C. Y., Hwu, S. L., & Chang, C. C. (2011). Supporting interaction among participants of online learning using the knowledge sharing concept. Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology-TOJET, 10(4), 311-319.

Padilla Rodriguez, B. C., & Armellini, A. (2013). Student engagement with a content-based learning design. Research in learning technology, 21(2013).

Zimmerman, T. D. (2012). Exploring learner to content interaction as a success factor in online courses. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 13(4), 152-165.