Student engagement and retention improve when universities take action. Campus beautification and student demographics definitely play a part. A rich learning experience, however, is even more important in helping students finish strong. Many institutions are using the following high impact approaches to keep learners engaged. Structured Learning Communities Increase Student Engagement Learning communities give students a sense of belonging and increase engagement. A structured community will group learners together and give them more time to interact. Students can collaborate to solve problems, review peer work, or conduct research. Such a community should also include faculty who ask students about their personal life and give career guidance. An LMS (Learning Management System) makes it all easier. For example, one community college found that students in a structured learning community attended class more often. What are some approaches to keep your millennial learners engaged? Read this article that discusses some curricular approaches based on their unique learning styles. Writing Intensive Courses Universities such as Harvard are offering writing intensive courses. A writing intensive course amplifies student [...]
Using games in learning became in vogue in the early 1960s. Jean Piaget praised the use of games in learning. He said play could help simulate real-life conflict and help resolve them. Today, we integrate digital game-based learning. Benefits of Game-Based Learning Digital game-based learning gives learners a chance to think and work in new ways. Educators can customize a game to fit the learning. Most importantly, learners get real practice and opportunities to think creatively. The idea is simple. Digital game-based learning means using video games as a tool. Some might call this gamification, but it isn’t. That only swaps one element of education with something game-based. Merits of Digital Game-Based Learning in Teaching Concepts Digital game-based learning allows for learners to practice skills in hands-on authentic activities that can be applied in the real world. While learners work, educators can expect real-time results and assessment of understanding. Therefore, they can provide immediate feedback during learning activities. Digital game-based learning is adaptive. This means correct answers lead to more challenges, whereas wrong answers lead to [...]
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MIT using MOOCs in the admission process
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