News Category: Student Engagement

No Gravity: Facilitating Open-Ended Classroom Discussion

Jan. 18, 2019

I’ve often found it both fun and useful to give students a problem for which there are no wrong answers. It just lets them wander a bit to explore ideas and see how one concept might lead to another.

This is something I particularly like to do on the opening day of class. An exercise like this can be a fun icebreaker and can set the tone for the rest of a course: this is a class where you need to be creative, explore ideas, share ideas that might be a little silly at times, and engage in group problem solving.

Tilting the Classroom: On Lecturing and Student Engagement

Nov. 2, 2018

Not long ago, I encountered the term “flipping” to describe the pedagogic strategy whereby students are asked to engage in the active problem-solving in class that is normally reserved for time outside of lecture. The idea of flipping made me think about the dynamics of my own classroom and the strategies I employ to try to build and maintain student engagement during lectures.

The "Phebe Martin" Archival Project and the College Experience

Jan. 26, 2018

In the past few years we’ve used the term “college experience” with increasing frequency, this to distinguish it from high school, work, on line, vacation or other “experience.” We value it. We promote it. Yet in reading casually I haven’t really nailed down its meaning.  This leaves me to develop a definition that fits my own teaching practice. Specifically, I’ve been experimenting with setting stages for students to “do” history.

School of Journalism Investigates Student Perspectives

July 21, 2017

Faculty understand the challenge: the field of journalism is changing rapidly, and students who choose journalism degrees need a much wider range of continuously evolving skills. Creating a “Vision” document, with the help of the FIC in Fall 2016, prompted them to articulate those pain points clearly.

Connecting with Students Using Classroom Response Systems

Jan. 27, 2017

“Clickers.” If you’re not already using them, you might have heard about them from colleagues or students. Or you might know them by product names like iClicker—which uses its own handheld device—or web-based products like Squarecap, Poll Everywhere, and Top Hat that can be used on any mobile device.