Instructional Strategies and Student Engagement

Learning or instructional strategies determine the approach for achieving the learning objectives and are included in the pre-instructional activities, information presentation, learner activities, testing, and follow-through. Good instructors tie the strategies to the needs and interests of students to enhance learning and based on the fact that students are diverse and learn in different ways. (Ekwensi, Moranski, & Townsend-Sweet, 2006). Instructional strategies include more than just classroom strategies. In fact some of the most high impact practices to enhance learning that the Association of American Colleges and Universities has identified are experiential or service learning, undergraduate research and learning communities that take instruction outside the classroom into the lives of the students and into the community.

At SCSU, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning has many initiatives and resources to help faculty learn and implement instructional strategies that are effective.  CETL’s initiative on Faculty Learning Communities is designed to support  faculty who get together in multidisciplinary groups and focus on redesigning their courses around particular teaching strategies.  Additionally, CETL has a resource room with carefully chosen  books on learning, assessment,  and strategies such as collaborative learning, service learning, and online discussions.

Resources

  1. http://www.stcloudstate.edu/teaching/resources/scholarship.asp  This webpage lists books availabe at CETL.  The Director of CETL also sends out several announcements for various initiatives including book talks, faculty learning communities, and workshops as well as provides support for innovative teaching such as teaching and learning grants. Individualized, confidential consulting, supporting teaching effectiveness and enhanced student learning, is available with the Director of the CETL.

  1. Learning or Instructional Strategies: http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/hrd/strategy.html

  1. Definitions and model based on Bloom’s Taxonomy:  This link describes the model of Bloom’s Taxonomy and compares the old version with the new revision.  http://www.uta.edu/irp/unit_effectiveness_plans/assets/Blooms_Taxonomy_Revisited.pdf

  1. Glossary of Instructional Strategies:  http://www.beesburg.com/edtools/glossary.html

  1. http://iit.bloomu.edu/Spring2006_eBook_files/ebook_spring2006.pdf:  An e-book by Ekwensi, F., Moranski, J., & Townsend-Sweet, M., (2006). E-Learning Concepts and Techniques. Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Instructional Technology. 5.1 Instructional Strategies for Online Learning. Retrieved August 2, 2011.

  1. University of Michigan (CRLT): Teaching Strategies: http://www.crlt.umich.edu/tstrategies/teachings.php A listing of instructional strategies and multiple resources about those strategies.

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