|On Teaching Seminar: focus on student engagement|
The first On Teaching seminar of the semester, “Significant Learning and Strategies of Student Engagement,” will take place Wednesday, Jan. 21, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Badlands Room, Memorial Union.
Many studies affirm that learning correlates strongly with engagement. The more deeply we involve students with the subject matter, with ourselves, and with their fellow students, the more likely they are to achieve at higher levels. The good news is there are strategies of engagement which clearly promote significant learning—learning that results in students having a greater understanding and ability to hold onto and intelligently use the knowledge we have spent our professional lives trying to share with them.
This spring OID will focus on pedagogies of engagement that promote this deeper learning and make it more likely that our students take what they have learned with us into future classes and their lives after college (and for very hands-on help with this process consider signing up for the Creating Significant Learning Through Integrated Course Design Workshop on Feb. 5: more information available at http://www.und.edu/dept/oid/ In this session of On Teaching we will explore some of the pedagogies of engagement that research suggests are most effective.
We will have lots of time for discussion, so bring your experiences and questions along. We would especially be interested to hear if you have had success or failure with a strategy designed to engage students more deeply in their learning.
To register and reserve your lunch, call Jana Hollands at 777-4998 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by noon Monday, Jan. 19.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development, email@example.com, 701-777-4233