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 student to apply what they have learned in practice and increase their motivation, which in turn helps to successfully achieve their learning outcomes. This highly interactive 2 day ‘hands-on’ workshop 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 also discuss associated challenges and identify ways to overcome these.
- Faculty members and teaching staﬀ wanting to integrate digital technologies within their courses to create an engaging learning experience
- Program Directors and Heads of Departments considering technology integration
- Directors and Heads of Teaching and Learning Centers
- Instructional Designers
- Heads and staﬀ members of IT and Educational Technologies Departments in charge of acquiring educational technologies
- Teaching and Learning Specialists
Session 1: Student Engagement in Higher Education: A Changing Landscape
This introductory session will expose participants to latest trends and developments impacting teaching and learning and will present a comprehensive overview on how students in the 21st century learn and are engaged. It will look at principles and strategies to consider for designing and delivering eﬀective, engaging and interactive student-centric learning environments both within and outside the classroom.
Session 2: Innovation and Creativity in the Classroom: Design Thinking Approaches
This session will examine the systematic approach to innovation and creative thinking in the classroom. It will help participants to appreciate the design thinking approach, and help them develop strategies to come up with new and creative ideas, insights and pedagogies that can be used in the classroom. It will adopt a collaborative approach to help the participants to implement creative thinking in their course design.
Session 3: Promoting Student Engagement through Active Learning Strategies
This session will focus on how to encourage positive student engagement and motivation through employing active learning strategies. A series of examples will be introduced, practiced and evaluated as to when such active learning strategies may be used. Participants will be involved in thinking about and designing course activities and assessments that get students thinking in new and creative ways while taking into account various learning styles and intended learning objectives and outcomes.
Session 4: Putting Learning into Action and Continuous Improvement through Micro-Teaching
Building on the previous three sessions, participants will work with peers to deconstruct learning objectives, identify ways to support the objectives, and put into practice active learning strategies that promote student engagement. Participants will use design thinking and experiment with creating and facilitating transformative learning experiences. Micro-teaching techniques will also be introduced