Small Changes, Big Impact: Promoting Student Engagement

Giving students the opportunity to actively engage with the material they are learning is proven to help them better consolidate and retain knowledge. This booklet was created by one of the 2022-23 Communities of Practice, which focused on how small changes made to one’s teaching can have a big impact on student learning. It includes techniques you can use to add more dimension and involvement to traditional, lecture-based classes.

Special thanks go to the members of the CoP: Lori Hochman, Physical Therapy, School of Health Professions (convener of the group); Sophie Christman, Humanities, College of Arts & Sciences; Shaina Flanzraich, Physical Therapy, School of Health Professions; Eric Greenberg, Physical Therapy, School of Health Professions; Melissa Huey, Psychology & Counseling, College of Arts & Sciences; Pam Karp, Occupational Therapy, School of Health Professions; and Nayoung Kim, Psychology & Counseling, College of Arts & Sciences.


Short how-to videos

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Types of Engagement Activities

If you already have your own student engagement activities, use them! If you need some fresh ideas or want to try something different, then try one of these easy-to-implement ideas:

CTL Online Book Library Collection

Our library contains a wealth of resources for ideas for teaching, instructional design, teaching tips and tricks, faculty professional development, and more. Our collection is now available to peruse online; if you find a book you want to check out, just stop by the CTL. (You can also search our collection from your mobile device.)

Online and Blended Course Development

Any new course that has been developed for online or blended delivery must go through the following process, including consultation with a member of the CTL or ATS (See policy and application).