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Engaging Learners

  • Help students actively participate - Use ELMS-Canvas ungraded surveys, or TurningTechnologies (Clickers) with use of laptop or smartphone
  • Make it more fun and avoid using paper - use Google docs, sheets, forms or Jamboard instead
  • Get a sense of student learning - use ELMS-Canvas assignments to collect exit tickets, muddiest point, roses and thorns, or other LATS
  • Use ELMS-Canvas discussion boards or physical groups to support discussions
  • Use outdoor spaces
  • Assign small groups of students to find a space of their own to work
  • Create a discussion board in ELMS for students to share small-group work with the whole class
  • When possible, use a mixed media approach for your course materials. Provide a podcast, news article, and a short video related to the content for a specific lesson. Students can identify themes present in all of the materials.
  • Provide opportunities for students to reflect on their learning and performance in your course. Ask questions like:
    • What have been some of my most challenging learning moments in this course, and why?
    • What have been some of my most positive learning moments in this course, and why?
    • What are my greatest strengths as a student?
    • What are my biggest areas for improvement and what is my plan for improving?
  • Be intentional about opportunities for student-student, student-instructor, and student-content interactions to increase engagement and motivation
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