Workshop to Improve Student Engagement in the Classroom

Dr. Elizabeth Barkley will host a full-day workshop for faculty from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 8 in the Student Union Building.

Barkley is a co-author of “Student Engagement Techniques,” “Learning Assessment Techniques” and “Interactive Learning.” Recently, she has been announced as one of the keynote speakers at the 2019 Teaching Professor Conference in New Orleans, La., but she will present first at Truman.

More information about Barkley can be found here. The schedule for the workshop will be as follows:

Terms of Engagement: Understanding and Promoting Student Engagement
9-11:30 a.m.
Student Union Building Georgian Rooms
A common challenge for many college teachers today is achieving persistent, high-quality student engagement. In this interactive workshop, Barkley will offer a dynamic, five-component model for understanding what ‘student engagement’ means and then use the framework to identify strategies for promoting engagement. Attendees will leave with a repertoire of practical strategies for teaching in a manner that fosters sustained attention and elicits students’ best work in today’s challenging teaching and learning context.

Buffet lunch
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Student Union Building Activities Room

Making Lectures Interactive and Engaging

12:30-3 p.m.
Student Union Building Georgian Rooms
Educators today would be hard-pressed to identify a teaching technique more heartily maligned than the lecture. But lecturing can be very effective if done well and in ways that promote active learning. In this interactive workshop, attendees will learn strategies for creating and presenting more engaging lectures that also support student learning through class activities designed to encourage student preparation, attention and application of newly learned information.

Faculty who plan to attend need to RSVP here by 5 p.m. Jan. 4.

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