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Engage 2013, SXSWedu, Christy Price, Casey Green, Carey Roberts -- Making the Student Experience "Sticky"


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Kenneth C. Green, The Campus Computing Project, Moderator
Christy Price, Dalton State College & Carey Roberts, Arkansas Tech University, Panelists
The intellectual roots of the current conversation about student engagement can be traced to the
1984 Involvement in Learning report of the US Department of Education’s Study on the Conditions of
Excellence in Postsecondary Education. The Involvement report challenged faculty and institutions
to recognize and to leverage the importance of student “involvement” and motivation in the postsecondary experience. Over the past 26 years, the concept of student involvement has morphed
into efforts to foster student engagement: campuses and curricular content providers now strive to
develop and provide learning experiences and course materials that are “sticky” — that draw students in
and reinforce their motivation to learn. The panel session will highlight initiatives that have successfully
fostered student engagement, with particular attention to millennial learners

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Engage 2013, SXSWedu, Christy Price, Casey Green, Carey Roberts -- Making the Student Experience "Sticky"

  1. 1. STUDENT ENGAGEMENTmAKING THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE “STICKY” CHRISTY PRICE CAREY ROBERTS Professor of Psychology Assoc. Prof. of History & Dalton State College, GA Coordinator, Univ. Assessment Arkansas Tech University CASEY GREEN - moderator Founding Director The Campus Computing Project 5 March 2013
  2. 2. Context The ORIGINS OFSTUDENT ENGAGEMEnt • 1984 Study Group on the Conditions of Excellence in American Higher Education • ED follow-up to “Nation at Risk” Report • Panel opted for a decidedly different tone and tenor than “Nation at Risk.” • Promoted the the concept of “student involvement”, including institutional, faculty, and student responsibilities
  3. 3. Context WHY ENGAGEMENt?• Engaged students are more likely to perform well academically, have higher retention and degree completion rates, and report greater satisfaction with their college experience• Instructional and institutional variables can enhance engagement• Increasingly important in both on-campus and online learning experiences
  4. 4. Traveling to Share ResearchEngaging & Motivating Modern Learners Christy Price • Dalton State College
  5. 5. The Student Perspective on ProfessorsSome comments are clearly negative… “She acted like she knew more than the students.” Rejection of Hierarchy & No Value of Information for Information’s Sake
  6. 6. The Student Perspective on ProfessorsSome comments are difficult to classify… “I failed a quiz because I didn’t realize he was teaching. I thought he was just talking.”Attentions Issues resulting from Multimedia Culture
  7. 7. The Student Perspective on ProfessorsSome comments are difficult to classify… “If I only had one hour to liveI would spend it with my Professor… Because he can make an hour seem like a LIFETIME!”
  8. 8. IS THEREWill What We DoMake a Difference?
  9. 9. How Many Students AGREEDTeaching Methods& Characteristics ofProfessors Influencemy Motivation? YES! We A. 36% Have B. 54% C. 67% The D. 79% Power E. 98% n=201
  10. 10. GIRL SCOUTS Because Next Time,You’ll Just Buy the Darn Cookies!
  11. 11. 5. Utilize Team-Based Learning or Group Work
  12. 12. 4. Create a RELAXED & enjoyableNon-Authoritarian Learning Environment
  13. 13. 3. Address RELEVANCECreate a Reason to Care or a Mystery?
  14. 14. 2. Embed MULTIMEDIA & other VISUALS
  15. 15. 1. Use a VARIETY ofACTIVE & PARTICIPATORYPedagogies of Engagement
  16. 16. Teaching Methods & Student LearningStudents are: 5% Lecture Digital 10% Reading Passive Learning 20% Audio-Visual Solutions 30% Demonstration Allow Active for 50% Discussion APPLICATION 75% Application 90% Peer Teaching Sousa (2001) pg. 95 - According to research at The National Training Lab – Bethesda, Maryland 17
  17. 17. Overcoming the BigProblems Carey M. RobertsProfessor of HistoryArkansas Tech University
  18. 18. The Big Problems• Time• Student Interest• Compliance
  19. 19. Student time management• 19.7 million college students• 71% worked in 2011• Almost 15% worked 35+ hours U.S. Census Bureau, School Enrollment and Work Status, 2011
  20. 20. Did Older Technology Help Us?• First Innovations• Digital vs. electronic delivery• Learning Content Management Systems
  21. 21. Key Technologies that Make a Difference• Interactive eBooks• Assignments designed to delivery content• Screen casting
  22. 22. What Technology Best Helps Faculty?• Engages Students• Saves Time• Linked to Student Outcomes• Robust Reporting
  23. 23. Too Much Information• Less Is Best• Student Time Management• Focus on Key Learning Goals
  24. 24. Let’s Discuss!!
  25. 25. Contact InformationCHRISTY PRICE CAREY ROBERTS CASEY GREENDalton State College, GA Arkansas Tech University Campus Computing