How to Avoid Hearing Crickets in Class: Engagement Strategies for In-Person and Online Classes (72821)

Session Information: Teaching Experiences, Pedagogy, Practice & Praxis
Session Chair: Guranda Khabeishvili

Thursday, 21 September 2023 09:30
Session: Session 1
Room: Gotic
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 2 (Europe/Madrid)

Engaging students in the classroom has always attracted attention in academia. This is especially true with large college classes and online classes, where interaction between students and instructors is limited. Student engagement could be defined as the “degree of attention, interest, and passion students show in their learning.” For the purpose of this presentation, we define engagement as the interaction between instructors and students, as well as how students interact with their peers to communicate and engage with the course materials and topics. Research shows students are more likely to become interested in what is being taught when they are actively participating in the learning process. They learn to support, trust, and listen to each other. Students who are actively participating in the class also have higher exam performance and lower dropout rates. As instructors, we have experienced silence or just stares in the classroom when a question is posed. Therefore, we have looked for different ways or tools to increase students’ participation in classroom readings and discussions. In this presentation, we will share some of the strategies and techniques we have explored in our college courses to promote student engagement in person and online through classroom discussions and in-class participation. Presenters will share how to incorporate in-person and online strategies to promote accountability and student engagement within the courses and college students' perspectives on the strategies we use in the classroom, such as combinations of four corners, think-pair-share, sticky charts, gallery walks, digital notebooks, conversation trackers, color-coding discussions, etc.

Perihan Fidan, Tennessee Tech University, United States
Queen Ogbomo, Tennessee Tech University, United States

About the Presenter(s)
Dr. Perihan Fidan is a lecturer at College of Education, Tennessee Tech University. She teaches elementary education and educational assessment courses. Her research interests are teacher education, K-12 STEM education, and multicultural education.

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Posted by Clive Staples Lewis

Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00