Building Student Engagement: 15 Strategies for the College Classroom

By: Mary Bart

The more time students spend as active participants in learning activities, the more they learn. Research has proven this strong correlation again and again. But that doesn’t make it any easier to achieve. As an instructor, the challenge lies in not only lighting that fire of student engagement, but keeping the fire burning when student apathy and boredom creep into your classroom.

If you’re looking for a few smart new strategies to add to your student engagement toolbox, this free report is just the ticket.


Building Student Engagement: 15 Strategies for the College Classroom features proven tips for keeping students actively engaged in learning activities and offers ways to help you foster more meaningful interactions between students and faculty members, and among the students themselves.

For example, in “Student Engagement: Trade-offs and Payoffs” E Shelley Reid, associate professor at George Mason University, talks about how to craft engagement-focused questions rather than knowledge questions, and explains her willingness to give up some control to her students.

In “The Truly Participatory Seminar” Sarah M. Leupen and Edward H. Burtt, Jr., of Ohio Wesleyan University, outline their solution for ensuring all students in their upper-division seminar course participate in discussion at some level.

In “Six Opportunities for Building Student Engagement” Chris Palmer of American University outlines student engagement strategies using the syllabus and those first few classes, as well as things you can do inside and outside the classroom to ensure positive interactions.

In “Reminders for Improving Classroom Discussion” Roben Torosyan, associate director of the Center for Academic Excellence at Fairfield University, offers very specific advice on balancing student voices, reframing discussions, and probing below the surface of group discussions.

And finally, in “Living for the Light Bulb” authors Aaron J. Nurick and David H. Carhart of Bentley College provide tips on setting the stage for that delightful time in class “when the student’s entire body says ‘Aha! Now I see it!’” Who wouldn’t like to see more light bulbs going on more often?

Setting the stage for active learning

Other articles in Building Student Engagement: 15 Strategies for the College Classroom include:

  • Student Attention Spans
  • What Do Students Think about Active Learning?
  • Participation: Revisiting the Basics
  • Active Learning: A Perspective from Cognitive Psychology
  • When Teachers are ‘Present’
  • Student Engagement: A Different Perspective

One of the most challenging tasks instructors face is keeping students engaged. Building Student Engagement: 15 Strategies for the College Classroom will help you meet that challenge while ensuring your classroom is a positive and productive learning environment.

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