Well, we have reached the end of the road, at least for the 2021-2022 academic year. With that in mind, here is a list, no doubt incomplete, of possible ways we might foster and improvie student motivation, engagement, and success in the classroom:
* Digital Materials and Projects
* Provide Feedback (High Impact)
* Agency and (Assessment) Choice (Universal Learning Design)
* 21st Century Skills (Relevance and Usefulness)
* Collaborative Learning (High Impact)
* Critical (Deeper) Thinking (High Impact)
* Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy (Tasks and Feedback)
* Inclusive Pedagogy (Collaboration)
* Social Justice Pedagogy (Intersectionality, High Impact )
* Animated Explainer Videos
* Universal Design for Learning (Inclusivity)
* High Impact Practices (Feedback, Collaboration, Reflection, Capstone Project,)
* Project-based Learning/Problem-based Learning
* Digital Learning (Assessment, etc.)
* Reflective Learning
* Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) – Empower students and expand their capabilities through ownership.
* Create Accessible Content
* Cultivate DEI Practices (Foster a sense of belonging, instill respect, and promote tolerance for ALL members of the class and related ideas.)
* Envision and enact new ways of teaching (leading).
* Multiple Modes of Assessment.
* Continuous Improvement in Our Efforts and Course Design/Presentation
* Encourage students to adopt an interdisciplinary approach in their course projects.
Considerable overlap between some of these very broad points, but if we can incorporate even a few of these ideas into our work with undergrads, we might get just a bit closer to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow when it comes to improved student motivation, engagement, and performance in our courses. Thank you for an interesting year everyone!
Stokes and Garth