Use the discussion forum, announcements and email to show students you are actively monitoring and facilitating their learning.
Communicate regularly with students.
Create a schedule of your planned interactions with students.
Send a “welcome announcement” & reassure students that the semester will go on
Email students who are not participating
Post announcements about course content and deadlines
Remind students of resources and your own availability
Clearly set expectations
List course expectations, grading policies, and due dates for students to organize their time.
Make sure the syllabus and course information is consistent.
Create rubrics or directions so that students will know how they will be graded and will have a way to identify quality of work.
Award points, assess or integrate the activity into a participation grade if you want to make certain students complete an activity.
Design the learning experience to meet course objectives.
Choose activities and assessments that match what you want students to be able to do. For example, if you want them to be able to communicate information in writing, a multiple choice test won’t match the outcome