Engaging students in active learning 2009

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This is a presentation at a campus in 2009. It focuses on adult learners and commuters primarily

This is a presentation at a campus in 2009. It focuses on adult learners and commuters primarily

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  • 1. Engaging Students in Active Learning Brian D. Dusbiber, Ed. D. November 18, 2009
  • 2. Engaging Students
    • Engaging students in learning is the responsibility of, and the opportunity for, faculty, staff and administration.
    • Must be situated in both the mission and context of the university. The student profile includes:
    • > Commuters
    • > Transfers
    • > Non-traditional
    • > Diverse
    • University promotes integration of life experiences with classroom learning.
    • Places value on educational accessibility and that student educational outcomes are useful and significant.
  • 3. Engaging students
    • Campus environment should create:
    • > Intentional interactions with desirable outcomes.
    • > Opportunities for self authorship and meaning making
    • via beliefs, identity, and relationships.
    • > Mutual and collaborative construction of knowledge.
    • > Integration of personal values to goal setting.
    • > Connections to community and world.
    • > Building skill sets of expertise and problem solving.
    • > Advance critical thinking and analysis skills.
  • 4. Engaging students
    • When considering learning environments:
    • Adult learners are particularly motivated when they are involved in tasks directly related to personal goals and they gain skills that apply to their life .
    • Students from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds benefit at even higher levels from faculty interaction and participation in peer projects both inside and outside the classroom (NSSE, 2006)
  • 5. Engaging students
    • Commuters have less contact with teachers.
    • They are less likely to participate in:
    • > Co-curricular activities
    • > Community service
    • > Study abroad
    • > Internships
  • 6. Engaging students
    • However, compared to non-commuters they are just as likely to:
    • > work harder than they thought they could to meet an
    • instructor’s standards
    • > work with other students on projects during class
    • > ask questions or contribute to class discussions
    • > discuss ideas from reading with others outside of class
    • While constraints exist, they put forth as much effort as other students.
  • 7. Implementing the principle of engaging students in active learning
    • Collaborate on faculty and student affairs workshops on student learning.
    • Build staff development on adult learning theory, transfer student experience.
    • Explore advancing leaning communities and coordinated studies programs. Focus on skill and interest development.
    • Focus service learning on developing critical thinking skills, and reflective practice.
    • Build connections between in class and co curricular learning around social issues and social justice.
  • 8. Implementing the principle of engaging students in active learning
    • Introduce students to difference. Provide challenge, with support.
    • Utilize assessment and evaluation tools in staff development, both quantitative and qualitative.
    • Assess need for or extent of ESL services, math and writing labs, tutoring and mentoring programs.
    • Evaluate library and study space, group study areas.
    • Review student leadership development programs, promote collaborative approach across campus.
  • 9. Implementing the principle of engaging students in active learning
    • Lead staff support of in class team projects, case studies, study groups, field projects, research .
    • Work collaboratively to identify new internship sites.
    • Advance study abroad opportunities.
    • Support senior capstone experiences. Including portfolio projects and journal writing.
    • Continue to build student employment opportunities on campus.
    • Support student organizations affiliated with academic programs.
  • 10. Implementing the principle of engaging students in active learning
    • Include students in university committees as appropriate.
    • Establish expectations for career development opportunities.
    • Evaluate and increase number of honor societies, recognition programs.
    • Promote student led literary publications, art exhibits, musical presentations.
    • Recogni ze staff who promote critical thinking, leadership development, and community engagement in students.