Student Engagement

  • What are we talking about? Student engagement refers to the degree of attention, curiosity, and interest students have when they are learning. Engagement is a key aspect of student motivation.
  • Why do it? By engaging students, you are increasing the likelihood of them learning the material as you teach it, and applying knowledge and skills as needed in their futures.
  • How do I get started thinking about this? Many active learning techniques can help with the specifics of how to engage students in course work (consider the Knute Broady Collection's Active Learning page for more). However, what we want to focus on here are the roles both the student and the instructor play in improving the efficacy of learning. This process can begin with examining your own presentation style in addition to how you want students to interact with the material.