Motivating students to learn can be a challenge. Often distracted and easily bored, these students are also critical thinkers capable of thriving in the online classroom while learning 21st-century skills. How do we hold their attention, develop their abilities, and engage them in the online forum? In moving from classroom-based instruction to online instruction, the role of the faculty member changes from the content presenter to the facilitator of online learning. 'Engaging Online Learners' highlights six essential elements which are critical to success in distance learning: honesty, responsiveness, relevance, respect, openness, and empowerment. This session will look at what it takes to create an online learning community that is safe, supportive, interactive, and engaging. What tools and methods will be discussed on “What makes online learning effective and engaging to the student?