Engaging students in active learning 2009


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Engaging students in active learning 2009

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