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Sustaining Learner Engagement During Online Lessons

1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Dr. Tony Pellegrini

Dr. Tony Pellegrini is a professor of Education at Southern Utah University. He received his B.A from Brigham Young University, his M.Ed. from Utah State University, and terminal degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, before eventually becoming school principal at Blanding Elementary School and Three Falls Elementary School in Southern Utah. 

Dr. Pellegrini is a regular contributor to the Educational Testing Service’s School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA), and the School Superintendent Assessment (SSA) reviews. He collaborates and presents annually at the Utah Rural Schools Conference. He was awarded the 2005 Utah State System of Higher Education's “Technology Innovator of the Year” award. Dr. Pellegrini presents annually, regionally and internationally, on topics involving 21st century learning and learners, web-based learning tools and approaches, and methods and approaches for crafting graduate research initiatives. 


If you have taken an online class, you have seen how learners disappear over time. People get busy. They have trouble making class and keeping up with coursework, or they do not get the support they need and lose motivation.

Online learning presents additional challenges. Online learners must have the motivation and discipline to work in isolation. A lack of face-to-face accountability makes it easier for an online student to give up without the instructor noticing.


An online course that merely provides information is no better than any other in our lifelong learning market. Your leadership must differentiate itself by offering online courses that engage, connect, and transform learners.

As you engage and participate in this online seminar, you should increase your learners’ online student engagement. When more learners enjoy and complete your course successfully, your programs benefit from their return business and word of mouth referrals.

Moderated by:

Ms. Dorothy Lawrence

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