Course Is It? Promoting Student Responsibility and Engagement
Marva A. Barnett, Founding Director and Professor, Teaching
Resource Center, University of Virginia
Faculty, Department of French
this workshop, participants learn how to create an environment that
encourages students to take responsibility for learning, thus working
harder and contributing and learning more. They see how collaboration
between teacher and students, as well as teachers' recognizing what
students can contribute, promotes student responsibility. Participants
discuss the value of teaching in an explicit fashion, experience
effective techniques that engage students in learning, and hear
what students think about the approach.
gain proven techniques for engaging their students not only in learning
but also in taking some responsibility for their own learning, for
the progress of their classmates, and for the success of the course.
Specific tools useful in promoting students' taking responsibility
include, for instance, cooperative learning, peer-editing, discussion
directed by students' questions, projects published on the web,
classroom assessment techniques. For details, see this article. To the extent that time will allow,
participants experience these techniques and adapt them to their
own courses. Other methods are shared as examples, with reference
to further reading and viewing.