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Strategies for Making Your Courses Relevant and Engaging

There’s a difference between entertainment and engagement. No one expects you to put on a show to get your students to learn, but to engage today’s students you need to make sure your course material is relevant – to them, your discipline, and the real world.

All instructors want students to care about their courses and recognize the value of course material. As improbable as that may seem some days, it’s really not that difficult to get student buy-in. The key to making courses more relevant and exciting is learning what your students want and need.

You can learn how to draw connections between coursework and students’ lives in Strategies for Making Your Courses Relevant and Engaging. This new Magna Online Seminar simplifies the prevailing best practices so that you can immediately apply what you learn and begin ramping up the commitment level in your courses right away.

If you want to cut through the noise and win your students’ interest and hold it throughout the term, you need to stand out. You need to be relevant. You need to be interesting. Fundamentally, it’s not about getting students to like you as much as it is about getting students to like the way you teach and to recognize the value of what you’re teaching.

Topics Covered

This seminar focuses on maximizing the relevance of your courses and piquing students’ interest by adjusting your approach rather than dramatically changing course content. Specifically, you will learn how to use frequent needs assessments, techniques that heighten student engagement, and daily feedback to ensure that your students understand why course content is relevant to their degree programs, their lives, and that real world waiting for them after graduation.

During this seminar, you will learn how to:

  • Acquaint yourself with your students’ interests and values, assess what they already know, and determine what they want to learn in your class
  • Use classroom assessment techniques to tailor content to your specific students (may include having students develop personalized learning goals or using frequent
  • pretests to gauge understanding)
  • Show students the applicability of material through problem-based learning, case studies, and service learning
  • Employ differentiated instruction to personalize students’ educational experiences
  • Provide students with options to demonstrate their knowledge and learning
  • Ensure relevance and maximize impact by seeking student feedback via both low-tech and high-tech means on a regular basis

After participating in Strategies for Making Your Courses Relevant and Engaging, you will be able to:

  • Identify and apply strategies to assess students’ needs, abilities, and preferences in order to increase course relevance
  • Apply research-supported teaching techniques that maximize students’ active involvement during and outside class
  • Identify and use a variety of evaluation strategies that allow you to tailor the class to address students’ needs

This seminar is led by Steven Meyers, PhD, a professor at Roosevelt University and a well-recognized scholar of faculty development and effective college teaching practices. Dr. Meyers consistently earns praise from his students, who describe him as a caring, enthusiastic professor who encourages them to grapple with real-world problems and to make a difference.

During the seminar you will learn to promote engagement through collaborative learning, problem-based instruction, and service learning. These are the very same tactics that Dr. Meyers uses in his own coursework, and they are the same techniques that have won him teaching awards and consistent accolades from students.

This seminar is now available on CD. The recording includes the complete transcript and all supplemental materials.

An optional Campus Access License is available for an additional $200. It allows the purchasing institution to upload the CD of the seminar onto the institution’s password-protected internal website for unlimited access by the entire campus community.

Intended Audience

This seminar is ideal for any instructor who wants to increase student engagement and better communicate the relevancy of course content. That captures most of, if not all, the educators working on college and university campuses today. Every instructor has to compete for students’ attention—sometimes even during class. This seminar presents proven strategies and research-backed approaches that are known to help instructors establish strong and effective connections with their students.

Strategies for Making Your Courses Relevant and Engaging is particularly useful for:

  • Full- and part-time faculty members and instructors across all disciplines
  • Administrators, including department chairs and deans
  • Directors of Centers for Teaching and Learning

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