Student Engagement in Class: Increasing Learning and Persistence
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“Good teaching is all about engaging students in the material and their learning process, and
engaged students stay in college.”
~ Linda B. Nilson, Ph.D.
This webinar addresses ways to teach in a lecture setting, whatever the size of the class, so as to engage students in the subject matter and their learning process. Research tells us that engagement enhances students’ motivation, their learning on a deep level, their retention of the material, and their persistence in college. It also raises their satisfaction with the course and the instructor’s teaching. Specifically, participants will learn how to plan and give attention-getting, interesting, and interactive lectures by using techniques that will add dynamism to their delivery, increase the draw of the content, and involve students in brief, intermittent learning activities during the class period. These brief activities include individual work, informal group work, recitation, and discussion. Special attention will be given to increasing broad, active, and respectful participation in discussion.
Participants will learn to:
Plan and manage their classes to gain and maintain their students’ attention and engagement, thereby enhancing their students’ motivation, learning, retention of the material, and likelihood of persistence in college. The engagement techniques reviewed here will also enhance students’ satisfaction with the course and the instructor’s teaching.
Who Should Attend?
Faculty of all disciplines; anyone who teaches in higher education
Who Is The Speaker?
Linda B. Nilson, Ph.D., , is founding director of the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation at Clemson University and author of Teaching at Its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors, now in its third edition (Jossey-Bass, 2010) and The Graphic Syllabus and the Outcomes Map: Communicating Your Course (Jossey-Bass, 2007). She also co-edited Enhancing Learning with Laptops in the Classroom (Jossey-Bass, 2005) and Volumes 25 and 26 of the major publication of the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education, To Improve the Academy: Resources for Faculty, Instructional, and Organizational Development, first as associate editor (Anker, 2007, 2008), and Volumes 27 and 28 as head editor (Jossey-Bass, 2009, 2010).
Dr. Nilson has also published many articles and book chapters and has presented conference sessions and faculty workshops at colleges and universities both nationally and internationally on dozens of topics related to teaching effectiveness, assessment, scholarly productivity, and academic career matters. She has been a regular presenter at the Lilly Conferences on College Teaching for years. Most of her faculty experience was at UCLA as a sociology professor.
She graduated the University of California, Berkeley with membership in Phi Beta Kappa and went directly on to the University of Wisconsin, Madison for her M.S. and Ph.D. as a National Science Foundation Fellow. All her degrees are in sociology.
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