Course Activities & Learner Interaction – Types of Interactions

Interactions in the online learning environment fall into three categories: learner-to-content, learner-to-instructor, and learner-to-learner. Each of these types is uniquely important for student learning and can complement the other two when integrated strategically into a course.

Learner-to-content interactions are how the learner interacts with the instructional materials in a course.

Learner-to-instructor interactions are how students and instructors connect at numerous and timely points throughout the course.

  • Private email messages
  • Real-time individual chats
  • Live class webinars
  • Asynchronous discussion forum responses
  • Other feedback mechanisms

Learner-to-learner interactions are how learners connect with their peers in the context of the course.

Additional Resources: