With increased improvements to technology for online teaching, synchronous
instruction continues to grow. Increasing student interaction has been an
important component to enhance a sense of community in online learning and
improve student satisfaction. There is a paucity of research on how to effectively
manage online interaction and increase student engagement during synchronous
sessions. Three instructors draw on their online teaching experience and discuss
how they maximize student interaction during synchronous online discussions
according to elements of a community of inquiry.