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Student Engagement and Learning. Tips from Award Winning Faculty Teaching and Learning Technology Conference MO S&T - March 13, 2014 Margaret Cohen, Ph.D., Associate Provost & Director, Center for Teaching and Learning University of Missouri – St. Louis . To focus on effective practices by:.

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student engagement and learning

Student Engagement and Learning

Tips from Award Winning Faculty

Teaching and Learning Technology Conference MO S&T - March 13, 2014

Margaret Cohen, Ph.D., Associate Provost & Director, Center for Teaching and Learning University of Missouri – St. Louis

to focus on effective practices by
To focus on effective practices by:
  • Reviewing principles for good practice
  • Showing that they are foundational to National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
  • Focusing on NSSE’s 5 Engagement Indicators
  • Offering implementation examples from our colleagues’ classrooms

Session Objective

did we focus on effective practices
Did we focus on effective practices?
  • Review principles for good practice
  • Show that they are foundational to National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
  • Focus on NSSE’s 5 Engagement Indicators
  • Offer implementation examples from colleagues’ classrooms

Session Objective

principles for good practice in undergraduate education f2f online
Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education: F2F* & Online**
  • Encourage student-faculty contact
  • Encourage cooperation among students
  • Encourage active learning
  • Give prompt feedback
  • Emphasize time on task
  • Communicate high expectations
  • Respect diverse talents and ways of learning

*Chickering & Gamson (1987)

** Chickering * Ehrmann (1996)

nsse engagement indicators
NSSE Engagement Indicators
  • Academic challenge
  • Learning with peers
  • Experiences with faculty
  • Supportive campus environment
  • High impact practices

http://nsse.iub.edu/nsse-update/

academic challenges
Academic challenges
  • Flipping: working genomic problems in class
  • Reasoning quantitatively: analyzing real data sets downloaded from research sites
  • Meeting accreditation standards
  • Online, self-paced homework tutorials
    • Earn partial credit for reworking problems ‘til correct
  • Course redesigns w/ increased choices
  • Responding to questions that puzzled scientists and philosophers hundreds of years ago
learning with peers
Learning with Peers
  • LEAD Centers are collaborative
  • Civil discussions on controversies (creation science)
  • In class debates about newsworthy events
  • Group learning with diverse others (goal of cultural competence)
  • Discuss clicker question response choices with peers before revealing distribution or answer
  • Question your scientific understanding of the world around you
experiences with faculty
Experiences with Faculty
  • Establish “comfort zone” on day one
    • ‘Common quest’ to understand history
    • Long, black shirt (lab coat for history’s black arts)
    • Ice breaking survey opens doors to mentoring
  • Offer prompt, detailed feedback
  • Teach students to self-assess & revise their work before submitting
  • Texting questions to prof via internet account
  • Interactive lectures
campus environment
Campus Environment
  • Referring students to academic supports on campus
  • Connecting to the past (& those different from me) using historical artifacts
  • Distribute writing guidelines, study guides unique to course
  • Credit for attending relevant campus events
  • Requiring use of campus resources (newspapers)
high impact practices
High Impact Practices
  • Undergraduate research projects
    • Related projects from a common source (gene families)
  • Practicum and internships
  • Community-based service or research project
    • URD@Capitol
  • Senior Seminar – historical research paper
  • Capstone Experience
  • Study Abroad