Module Seven: Increasing Student Engagement in Today's Technological World

In this module, we will explore a number of active learning strategies, tools and technologies. You will find some ‘how to’ ideas to begin integrating active learning strategies in your face to face lectures in the section, Classroom Based Interactive Learning Strategies. The section on Interactive Course Management System (CMS) Tools presents ideas for how to integrate active learning outside the classroom through the use of CMS tools which engage students and support learning. The Web-based Technologies section demonstrates the use of online technologies that allow for individualized and interactive learning are presented. In our Integrating Videos section you will learn how videos can be used to facilitate active learning. A summary of all the strategies, technologies and tools is provided as well. For those instructors in K-12, a section is dedicated to discussing active learning techniques at this level. Last, a list of resources provides detailed information and research to support the topics discussed in this module.

At the end of this module, you will be able to do the following:
  • Introduce faculty to the wide range of technological tools aimed at engaging students
  • Explore a variety of web-based applications which promote student engagement
  • Understand increasing student engagement from the K-12 perspective

As the volume of online content and the availability of technology continues to grow, educators need up to date information about how to effectively integrate both online content and technology in their courses. A summary of the active learning strategies, CMS tools and web-based technologies is  provided in an effort to help instructor’s understanding of available resources and how they might be used to engage students in the learning process. The summary also provides a quick overview of the advantages and disadvantages of each technology so that instructors can identify the most effective and engaging techniques as they design (or re-design) their course.

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