A Cybergogy Model for Engaged Learning
（San Diego State University）
Abstract: The continued and growing need for new learning opportunities, linked with newer information systems and communication technologies, has pushed online learning into the center of the discussion of educational practice. There is a need to establish a framework for generating meaningful and engaging learning experiences for distance students with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. We coin the term “Cybergogy” as a descriptive label for the strategies for creating engaged learning online. Cybergogy describes strategies for generating learning experiences that are cognitively, socially, and emotionally engaging for distance students with diverse backgrounds. At the core of cybergogy is engaged learning, in which students establish their own goals, explore appropriate resources, work with others in groups, and construct knowledge in meaningful ways. Our model of Cybergogy for Engaged Learning (see Figure 1) has three overlapping/intersecting domains: cognitive, emotive, and social. This model is a synthesis of current thinking, concepts, and theoretical frameworks on the extent and nature of the three domains in learner engagement online. The instructors can use this model to profile each learner and then design tactics to engage individuals accordingly, a process we call “customized engagement.” As a consequence, learners will not only have the opportunity to accomplish their learning goals, but also will be actively involved in the learning process.
Key words：engaged learning； interactive learning communities； social and cultural differences in online learning