Denise Dejonghe

Learner-Learner Interaction

Blog Post created by Denise Dejonghe on Jun 8, 2017

Learner Interaction promotes engagement, cognitive presence and retention in online courses. Research into the effectiveness of interaction with classmates is described on pages 13-14 of Learning Effectiveness Online: What the Research Tells Us. Out of the three types of interaction (learner-content, learner-learner, and learner-instructor), we find that learner-learner interaction usually requires the most focus when redesigning on-ground courses for the online learning environment. Interaction between students that occurs naturally in on-ground courses takes planning and design in the online environment. 


Ideas for Learner-Learner Interaction

  • Brainstorm ideas together rather than individually
  • Create concept maps together as they learn new topics throughout the course mind maps

  • Review each other's work and provide ideas
  • Locate examples of course topics (articles, websites, images, videos) as a team or with a group and share them with the class
  • Create study guides, flash cards, games, or poll questions then share with each other and the class





  • Teach each other course topics through image, audio, and/or video 
  • Write a collaborative paper or create a poster, video or presentation as a group or with a partner
    Google Drive Collaborations: Google Docs, Sheets and Slides
    Office 365 Collaborations: Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Create collaborative, visual assignments that achieve the same learning objectives as quizzes but are created with a peer or in a group


Canvas Collaboration Tools & Features that we suggest to instructors as they design for learner-learner interaction


Third-Party Collaborative applications that will embed within Canvas 

Please suggest any other ideas and tools that promote Learner-Learner Interaction!