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My name is Ally and I work in the Faculty Center. I support the faculty with course design, Qualtrics (survey building), pedagogy, Quality Matters, and I also manage the digital studio in NYC. If you have any questions after this presentation, you can contact me by email or phone.
This webinar will be recorded and posted on our website.
Also, please know that these are just some tips for student engagement and may not work for everyone or every class.
Also don’t feel overwhelmed by the technology tools that I will present in the webinar today. You don’t need to and actually shouldn’t try to implement all of them for your class. Stick to the ones that will enhance your teaching and that you are comfortable using.
Engagement is when students make a psychological investment in their education. “student engagement” is predicated on the belief that learning improves when students are inquisitive or interested, and that learning tends to suffer when students are bored or otherwise “disengaged.”
So how can we encourage students to be more interested and passionate about what they are learning?
After the first sentence of give choices: people are more motivated and engaged when they feel they have some kind of choice and control over how they are assessed.
At the end of slide: An authentic audience is a powerful way to get your students engaged. If a student’s essay or PowerPoint presentation is not of standard quality, then no one will know besides the instructor and perhaps some classmates, so the student may not feel motivated to produce quality work. But if a student knows that many people will be seeing or reading his work, he will likely put more effort into it. This creates accountability and Accountability is very effective at getting students motivated and engaged.
Engagement is all about keeping students involved in their learning. And increasing their motivation to learn.
After 4th point, in class…: In-class time allows for mastery of the content, instead of learning of the content. All of your instructional time is active learning.
[ONLINE section] Online you are using Blackboard for your course. And blackboard has many features that allow for flipping the classroom to happen.
After the first online bullet point: This allows students to figure out the navigation, the format, the structure, and the policies of the course on their own, rather than just reading your instructions, so students are not taking a backseat to the course.
You can also create a synchronous collaborate session using BB Collaborate, which is what we are using today to host this webinar.
After the last bullet point in online section: The discussion board is an asynchronous area where students are communicating, and in the past it was common for a faculty member to lead the discussion and respond to each student's postings. But the downside of that is a lot of your time is spent on responding to each post and the students are not engaging with each other, and it may shut down the class discussion because students may feel intimidated to respond for fear of how you would respond. So instead assign a student leader who opens the discussion and monitors the postings. And then you would be a silent partner in the discussion board, the students will be more spontaneous with their posts.
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after the 2nd point in the blue middle: Ask them to identify their strengths and weaknesses. ASK if anyone wants to share how asking about your students background, likes, strengths and weaknesses has benefited or could have benefited.
after the 3rd point in the blue middle: There is a tool in Blackboard called Kaltura that allows students and faculty to upload their videos to the course, do a screencapture of their desktops, and also allows them to record themselves as they do a presentation or a speech. And media in Kaltura doesn’t take up any space in your course shell.
So, those are the types of things where you're expecting the student to know the knowledge in order to use the knowledge. And then they don't forget it.
Tips to increase student engagement
Tips to Increase
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• Engaging Assessments
• Flipping the Classroom
• Using Social Media
• Engaging Learning Activities
• Visual and Verbal Feedback
What is Student Engagement?
It “refers to the degree of attention, curiosity, interest,
optimism, and passion that students show when they
are learning, which extends to the level of motivation
they have to learn and progress in their education.”
Assessments that Promote
• Give choices
• Allow your students to choose from different assessments and assignments or
ways to deliver those assignments to make them feel in control
• Have them choose between:
• Reading text or watching a clip
• Creating a Prezi, PowerPoint, or video presentation
• Taking a test or writing an essay
• Use written form, video, paint/photography, or social media to develop a
Assessments that Promote
Student Engagement (cont.)
• Make the content relatable
• Test questions, practice problems, or projects that relate to the lives of your
students help keep your students engaged
• You can use Blackboard, Qualtrics or Poll Everywhere to create surveys to
get to know your students
• Require your students to complete assignments for an authentic audience
• Writing a letter to a local politician or business
• Blogging or posting on Twitter
• Connecting with professionals on LinkedIn
• Presenting in front of a non-Pace audience
Do you provide options of completing assignments in
more than one medium?
Flipping the Classroom
• Shift the focus from the teacher to the student
• Require your students to gain the new knowledge outside of the
• Homework is not a way to reinforce the knowledge, but a way to gain the
• In class, students should discuss the content with the instructor and with
each other to master the knowledge
• Students should work inside the content and not just sitting and listening
to the instructor
Flipping the Classroom (cont.)
• Assign students to digest the
content outside the classroom
- this allows them to come to
class prepared to discuss, ask
questions, and debate.
• Create groups where students
ask each other questions they
had on the content.
• Assign a different student (or
group) each week (or month)
to present a summary of the
• Instead of posting an
announcement in Blackboard
about the syllabus, use the test
feature to have students
answer questions pertaining to
location of important
• Create a lecture for your
students to review before the
Collaborate session, and use
the time during the session to
have the students lead the
discussion based on the
• Have the students lead the
discussion(s) in the Discussion
• Incentivize students
to share resources and
find pertaining to your
course, rather than just
reviewing the content.
• Before the course
begins, ask your
students what they
know about the topic
and what they hope to
• Rather than having
them memorize and
them to use audio and
video tools to create
Example of Flipping the Classroom
Subject: Pharmacokinetics — the science of drug delivery
Lecture or Traditional: A lot of the science of pharmacokinetics is
mathematical equations and can be presented in a lecture and given
examples of how they work.
Flipping the Classroom: The students learn about the equations before
class. In the classroom, the students work in groups solving pharmacokinetic
cases where the patient gets a drug in a certain dose at a certain time, and
students have to assess the action and the concentration of the drug in the
(This example comes from a course from Vermont Medical School)
Using Social Media
And much more
Many students today communicate through text
messages, video chats, or online chats, and have
moved away from email or calling someone on
A great way to communicate with your students is
to set up virtual office hours using Skype for
Business (provided by Pace).
Using Social Media (cont.)
• Start out small and simple: use social media yourself for course
deadlines and news
• Students may need an example on how to use social media in an
• Create a private Facebook group for your course
• Post assignments
• Share updates or changes
• Create a Facebook page for a historical figure or topic
• Answer questions
• Lesson recaps
• Invite guest speakers by using Skype, YouTube, or Facebook
Using Twitter in a Course
• Create a hashtag (#HIS103w04) for your course where students can
post tweets about the topic.
• Ask students questions before a presentation for them to tweet their
responses during a presentation.
• Post reminders for assignments and tests.
• Tweet things that happen in the news and ask students to share their
• You can have the students create generic accounts for Twitter or
Facebook or instead use TodaysMeet for a more secure/private
• It's simpler than Twitter and students don't need
email addresses or accounts. You can enter a room
without creating an account.
• Instructors can create a separate room for each
lecture topic and share the shortened link with their
• Instructors can make a separate TodaysMeet
room for each group in advance so their feedback is
all in one place.
• Increased participation
• Students who wouldn't normally speak up
• Class time is multiplied
• Students all tweet responses at the same time rather than
waiting for one student to finish speaking
• Students who work at a different pace
Benefits of a Backchannel
• Require students to post blogs about the topics they are learning during
• Ask students to tweet you their thesis statement in 140 characters or
• Create a Flicker photo album for you course and use it for
• Give the students a choice of using different social networks to set up
groups to collaborate
• Ask students to create LinkedIn profiles to create their portfolios and
post their work
• Allow students to use YouTube to create and post video projects and
then ask other classmates to make comments
Social Media for an Assignment
Engaging Learning Activities
• Peer reviews
• Group work/Collaboration
• Google Docs
• Blackboard Collaborate break-out
• All Questions Answered
• Break up large readings
• Synchronous sessions in Blackboard
• Poll Everywhere
• One-Minute Paper
• 3 or 4 questions about the lesson –
given at the end of the lesson
• Group Presentations and Role Play
• Student-created games
Visual and Verbal Feedback
GoogleDocs is a set of cloud-based collaborative tools:
• Word processor
• Image editor
• Forms and surveys
GoogleDocs has a feature for commenting on the text, as well as a chat
window on the left of the screen.
Talk & Comment extension for Google Chrome browser allows for verbal
Benefits of GoogleDocs
• Supports all kinds of collaborative learning and
• Can use it for grading and providing feedback
• Works in a browser so no Microsoft Word software is
needed and eliminates problems with compatibility
• Can be made public to allow a real audience, but can
also be private
Gamification is applying game mechanics and game design principles
to motivate people to achieve their goals.
Gamification helps to motivate students to move them through
and engage them with content.
Websites that can assist in creating digital games:
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