The first few weeks of class are over, the newness has worn off and now the reality of a new semester, or the first semester, is setting in for faculty and students. The first week or two of a semester is always exciting. We’re all at our best. As faculty, we’ve designed our classes to be engaging and interactive, and our students seem to be fully engaged and learning what they need to. Then, the third and fourth weeks come and reality sets in. It’s at this point faculty should be on the lookout for signs of disengaged students before students start to “ghost” the class.
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