Teaching for Student Engagement
  • Room B4, Portland Square Building, Plymouth University

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Student engagement is critical to effectively learning, retention and satisfaction. 

But how do we encourage and develop student engagement through our teaching - especially in students who appear resistant, ambivalent or don't even attend classes? There are a number of tried and tested ways to do this. Some work better than others in different situations, some work well as complements to traditional lectures while some work well alone, and some work well together while others don't.

In this session we will talk about what we mean by student engagement, and why it is so important. Then we will discuss the benefits, concerns and logistics of approaches such as 'flipped' classrooms, dialogic feedback, peer-review, group work and seminars/tutorials/labs. 

We will also look at which combinations work well, and which are best avoided. Finally, we will talk about the bottom line of any efforts to increase student engagement - the two key elements that will make or break any attempt.

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