Engagement Strategies for Student Success.

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Mini-Course: Engagement Strategies for Student Success

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Overview and Purpose

Who should take this course?

  • Do your students sometimes struggle in remaining interested in the content?
  • Do you have a difficult time implementing multiple learning styles into your lesson plans?
  • Are your objectives not clear enough to give students a proper representation of the material they are learning about?
  • Do you want to learn about how to add relevance and excitement to your students' learning?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then this mini-course is the course for you!

Student motivation and knowing how to engage your students in their learning can be difficult tasks for educators. Incorporating engagement in education gives students extra drive and motivation to see value in what they're learning about, become engrossed in the content, and most importantly, have fun while they learn.

What will you learn about while taking this course?

This course will focus on how fellow educators can incorporate instructional designs that create an engaging classroom environment for all learning preferences. You will also learn about the four different learning styles in education, auditory, visual, bodily-kinesthetic, and reading/writing. Not only will you learn about what each of these learning styles is, but you will also learn about how to incorporate different activities that can meet the needs of each of these learning styles and how it will affect your student's engagement.

You will also be learning about the benefits of student engagement, strategies to incorporate student engagement, how to measure engagement, how to create an instructional design, and how you as the educator can incorporate student interest to make the content relevant and valuable to their learning. Any of the methods and strategies you will learn in this mini-course can be easily incorporated into your lesson plans and instructional designs no matter the content, age group, or modality. We will also examine different parameters to determine and monitor student engagement throughout the course.

At the end of this mini-course, you will create your own lesson plan with an instructional design that can keep your student motivation high and make learning more exciting. In this lesson plan, you will be required to incorporate two engagement strategies and two learning styles that will be met in your instructional design.

Give your students the opportunity to go from this...

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..to this!


Needs Assessment

The educational opportunity:

  • In this mini-course, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the ways that student engagement affects your classroom and how you as an educator can help control and develop that necessary motivation in students.
  • Participants can examine all the ways they can get to know their students' interests, experiences, and backgrounds and how using those factors has a major effect on their engagement in the classroom.
  • Educators can use the information presented in this mini-course, however, it is also essential that you take the time to get to know your students and create lesson plans that are designed for your students' benefit and learning styles.

The learners:

  • Anyone who has an interest in learning how to create lesson plans that help encourages student engagement.
  • A background in education is not required but recommended.

Existing efforts:

  • With technology becoming more prevalent in the classroom, there are many educators who are experienced in education but struggle in the new normal of the technology world. This course will help participants to step out of that familiarity and experience something new that can be incredibly beneficial to their students. As educators, we need to remember that we teach for our students to learn, so we have to have the proper knowledge and know how to make the proper accommodations to make that possible.

Intent statement:

  • This mini-course will help the learners address their needs by knowing how to recognize where to incorporate different learning styles and resources to keep lessons engaging for students.
  • Participants will feel more comfortable using resources they have not used before and will have a better understanding as to why using these new resources can better their students' learning and engagement in the course.

Performance Objectives

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe what makes student engagement essential in instructional design
  • Identify how to incorporate different learning styles throughout their lesson
  • Analyze how engagement affects students' higher-level critical thinking skills
  • Identify how to get to know your students and use their interests as a way to access engagement
  • Create an instructional design that centers around boosting students' confidence and includes texts that the students are interested in

Course Units

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Here you will find access to all of the modules for this course. Before starting the mini-course, please read about the prerequisites and prior skills that are recommended for this course.

Pre-requisites and prior skills needed in the course:

The following skills and knowledge are considered to be prerequisites for this mini-course. Although they are not required, they are highly recommended to get the most out of the mini-course.

  • Background in education; i.e. in the process of obtaining a teaching certificate, a background working as an educator, etc.
  • Knowledge of the four specific learning styles
  • Interest in creating designs that are designed for students engagement
  • Flexibility in changing lesson plans and instructional designs to fit students' needs
  • Flexibility in using new texts and activities, including online modalities, to access student engagement

Module Links

Module I: Introduction to Student Engagement

Module II: The Benefits of Student Engagement

Module III: Creating an Instructional Design for Student Engagement

Module IV: The Product