Enabling and Engaging Students through the Use of Active Learning
Student engagement is one of the emerging ‘buzz words’ in Higher Education which has been significantly researched over recent years. Research clearly indicates that engaging students in their learning process increases their attention and focus, motivates them to practice higher-level critical thinking skills and promotes meaningful learning experiences. Faculty members who adopt engaging student-centered approaches to instruction increase opportunities for students to apply what they have learned and increase their motivation; which in its turn helps to successfully achieve their learning outcomes. This highly interactive ‘hands-on’ workshop which could be delivered in either 2 or 3 days is designed to expose and engage participants to various active learning strategies and consider how these can be effectively integrated in their classroom. Participants will practice techniques such as structured debates, role plays, jigsaws, fishbowls and others and will investigate how technology can further improve student engagement. Participants will also discuss associated challenges related to implementing active learning and identify ways to overcome these.
This program is one of CLICKS’s very popular programs and is often described by participants as a ‘fun’ workshop.
This program is addressed at faculty members and reaching staff interested in improving the engagement of their students. It is also of high interest to directors and staff working in Teaching and Learning Centers and administrators overseeing the quality of teaching.