Teaching Approaches

Teaching for Engagement

Engagement is essential for learning. In order to maintain interest, manage a working knowledge, and eventually master a topic, skill, concept or idea, students need opportunities and environments that support reflection, practice, constructive feedback, and collaboration. The results from the 2011 National Survey for Student Engagement can give you an idea of how UD students are engaged in the university. It describes multiple levels of engagement that keep students studying and motivated to complete their degrees. One principle site is the classroom. So, we ask:

What might an engaged classroom look like?

  • Students are efficient and productive during class activities
  • Students actively participate in class discussions
  • Students pay attention during lectures

How can I engage my students?
There are many ways to engage students and support their learning. CTAL has compiled a growing list of resources below for your exploration. We also invite you to schedule a consultation with one of our staff members to talk about possibilities. Our ultimate goal is to provide you with tools and ideas so you can teach in ways that:

  1. encourage contact between students and faculty
  2. develop reciprocity and cooperation among students
  3. encourage active learning
  4. give prompt feedback
  5. emphasize time on task
  6. communicate high expectations
  7. respect diverse talents and ways of learning

These are Seven Principles of Good Practice in Undergraduate Education (Chickering & Gamson, 1987) that have become a template for high-quality college teaching and are useful for improving the classroom experience.

Resources

University of Delaware Active Learning Resources & Programs

On-Campus Resources

Off-Campus Resources

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