Finding New or Better Ways to Engage Our Students in the Classroom

I’ve spoken to a number of colleagues from across campus over the past few months and asked them what their teaching plans were for this fall semester. One of the common themes in our conversations was their desire to find new or better ways to engage students in the classroom environment. For some that meant requesting a classroom space with moveable furniture that more easily supports active learning strategies. For others, it meant fully converting their course to a team-based learning format. Another group of colleagues were thinking about new ways to effectively engage students in class discussions. All of them had a true desire to enhance their students’ learning experiences. I look forward to checking in with them mid-semester to see how things are going.
If you are looking for ways to increase student engagement, this upcoming CELT program may be of interest. CELT is hosting a four-part series on Evidence-Based Techniques to Enhance Student Learning and Engagement that will provide examples of how to engage students across the entirety of the course. The program series features a fantastic group of ISU faculty from a variety of disciplines who will describe how to implement effective instructional design based on cognitive psychology and the learning retrieval practice. The first session is Thursday, September 8, 2:30-4:00. More information is available on the CELT Events and Registration website.
We hope you can join us!
Ann Marie VanDerZanden, Director
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching