A New Wave of Professor/Student Engagement
These days engagement is everything. Whether you’re an employee or a manager or a student or a professor or just a regular everyday person you crave to be engaged in all the things you do. It’s just human nature. For many students today class can be boring. It does, however, have the potential to be an incredible conversation where both professor and student take away valuable information. So, it’s time that we create a new paradigm of higher education collaboration. In a university setting
, you see a classroom full of students: some waiting to be taught new and ~hopefully~ interesting material, some might be asleep in the back, some are probably on their phones counting down the minutes till the end of class, and some are probably just hoping to skate by in order to claim a necessary gen ed credit. As a professor, wouldn’t you want to be able to engage that classroom full of students and entice them into conversing about the subject at hand? You’d want to give them the space to engage and communicate without fear of messing up or embarrassing themselves. Professors, think of your class as a team– you’re all trying to work together to achieve a common goal: education. So how do you build a strong, cohesive team? You engage them in a space of communication
without fear of embarrassment.
- Before Class: Uncover Biases~ Before you even start a class, you could talk to your students and figure out what it is they hope to discuss. It allows the professor to uncover what’s important to the students before class even starts. That would optimize your time for actual learning– mainly because your students are actually interested in the subject matter seeing as they had a hand in picking that day’s topic.
- During Class: A Safe Place to Speak Up~ Not every student feels comfortable speaking up in a classroom environment. Maybe it’s a fear of being wrong or a fear of public speaking. In reality, it could be any number of possibilities. Either way, with an anonymous space, students can participate without fear of judgment. It would give them the feeling of safety in order to speak their truths on the subject at hand.
- After Class: Continue the Dialogue~ After class, an anonymous space of communication could continue the dialogue of that day’s topic. It would flesh out more details. More people would want to participate because of the anonymity. Once again, it provides a safe way for the student to tell their truth. Often times, a heated class discussion might
Students will thrive in an environment of engagement. The potential to learn is quite limitless.