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Teaching for Engagement

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Brian Smentkowski 

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Course Description

Faculty often lament that students aren't 'paying attention,' but we sometimes fail to remember that every student is paying attention to something. In this session, we will explore some simple techniques for engaging students and linking this excitement to course content. Using examples of activities both within and without the classroom -- as well as participants' own experiences -- we will share an approach that can help us connect students to their own sense of curiosity, to one another, and to the world around them.


Lisa McNeal, Learning Technology Services
Jeff Goodman, College of Education

About the Course

Learning Community: Center for Academic Excellence (FAD)
Workshop Type: Teaching and Learning

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify barriers to attention and engagement in the classroom.
  • Recognize underlying psychological principles that can be used to motivate engagement.
  • Develop activities for a variety of curricular areas that build on students’ natural enthusiasm for problem solving and social relationships.
  • Extend our thinking about engagement to include activities that occur both inside and outside the classroom


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