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Increasing Student Engagement. Caroline Clements, Ph.D. Director, Center for Teaching Excellence. Freshman Seminar Annual Instructor Kickoff August 9 th 2005. What is student engagement?. Why do we care about student engagement?. Different types of engagement….

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Increasing student engagement

Increasing Student Engagement

Caroline Clements, Ph.D.

Director,

Center for Teaching Excellence

Freshman Seminar Annual Instructor Kickoff

August 9th 2005







Disengagement starts before college
Disengagement starts before college

  • UCLA’s Higher Education Institute Report

    • Record numbers of high school students are disengaged.

    • 45% are graduating with an A average.

    • The take home message here

      • Students are getting higher grades for disengaged behavior.


How does that manifest itself at uncw
How does that manifest itself at UNCW?

  • Disengaged students come to college with expectations that reflect their lack of engagement.

  • They confuse disengagement with ability.

    • “I’m just not good at……..

  • Our job is to get them to actually test the premise that they lack ability.

  • The Take Home Message Here is:

    • Students will become more engaged if we demand it.


How does university culture support disengagement
How does university culture support disengagement?

  • “The Disengagement Compact”

  • Supported by institutional policies emphasizing larger class sizes and increased teaching loads

  • Supported by faculty having multiple roles

  • Particularly problematic for freshman


What is good practice in increasing freshman engagement
What is good practice in increasing freshman engagement?

  • Start from what we know about students

    • 1) They are not engaged and may not know how to be engaged.

    • 2) They have very high hopes for engagement but do not fulfill these hopes- in part because they are disengaged.

    • 3) They have learned that minimal effort results in pretty good grades.

    • None of this makes them bad students.


The ideal undergraduate experience
The “ideal” undergraduate experience

  • Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

    • Engage students in research in as many courses as possible.

    • Provide opportunities for oral and written communication.

    • Provide opportunities for exploring diverse fields.

    • Offer freshman seminars taught by experienced faculty.

    • Create a sense of community.

    • Foster association with people of diverse beliefs, cultures and ethnicities.


Phases of effective learning kolb 1984
Phases of Effective Learning (Kolb, 1984)

  • Getting Involved (Concrete Experience)

  • Listening/observing (Reflective Observation)

  • Creating an idea (Abstract Conceptualization)

  • Making decisions (Active Experimentation)


Constructivistic teaching principles brooks 1990
Constructivistic Teaching Principles (Brooks, 1990)

  • Build on student prior knowledge

  • Make learning relevant

  • Give students choice in learning activity

  • Encourage autonomy and active learning

  • Use raw data and interactive materials

  • Encourage student dialogue

  • Seek elaboration and justification

  • Pose contradictions

  • Ask open-ended questions and allow wait time

  • Encourage reflection on experiences



Effective classroom practice general strategies
Effective classroom practice: General strategies Bethel, Maine)

  • Peer evaluation

  • Opportunity for written and oral communication

  • Shared responsibility for educational quality and classroom management

  • Exposure to diversity

  • Outcome based assessment

  • Communicating across the curriculum

  • Exposure to non-classroom based experience


Effective classroom practice specific strategies
Effective classroom practice: Specific strategies Bethel, Maine)

  • Think-pair-share

  • 3-minute summary during lecture

  • One minute papers

  • Fishbowl discussion


Effective classroom practice specific strategies1
Effective classroom practice: Specific strategies Bethel, Maine)

  • The Teaser - Where would we be today if we did not know the structure of DNA? Or current events

  • Pop allusions - how is the musical score to "Lord of the Rings" like an operatic score? How was Scully's use of Western blotting appropriate to solve the mystery? Was it realistic?

  • Debates; develop hypotheses/predict outcome of demonstration; what information would support a hypothesis; class voting

  • Play devil's advocate - what would the opposite outcome mean?

  • Student generated test questions


But none of these matter if students don t engage
…BUT none of these matter if students don’t engage Bethel, Maine)

  • The “loopholes”

    • Group projects often become group solo projects

    • Service learning does not work if students are just clocking hours

    • Technology becomes more bells and whistles if it doesn’t increase investment in the learning process

    • Group learning tasks often result in less preparation


Engaging students system changes
Engaging Students: System Changes Bethel, Maine)

  • Grade Inflation

  • Service Learning

  • Discussion Boards

  • Learning Communities (however defined)

  • Globalization of Academia


Need help
Need Help? Bethel, Maine)

  • TWENTY WAYS TO MAKE LECTURES MORE PARTICIPATORY http://bokcenter.harvard.edu/docs/TFTlectures.html

  • MiddleWeb’s 10 Great Websites for Teachers http://www.middleweb.com/10TeachingSites.html


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