What Student Engagement Tools and Techniques Do You Use in Your Courses?

During the opening keynote at the 2011 Teaching Professor Conference, Elizabeth F. Barkley, a professor at Foothill College and author of Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty (Jossey-Bass, 2010) presented on a topic titled “Terms of Engagement: Understanding and Promoting Student Engagement in Today’s College Classroom.”

At the conclusion of the session, she asked attendees to write on a note card one or two ways they promote active learning in their classrooms. Although that was nearly three years ago, the memory of hundreds of educators scribbling like mad to share their strategies remains etched in my memory. I was recently thinking about that experience and I wondered to myself if Faculty Focus readers would be willing to share some of their favorite ways of engaging students.

I decided you would, and encourage you to do so here. Please first answer the poll question, and then feel welcome to add to the comment box your tips for engaging students and promoting active learning.

Thanks for participating!