Engaging Students Resources

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Student attention spans and the increased use of technology are affecting higher education teaching and learning.
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Experiential Learning Theory: A Dynamic, Holistic Approach To Management Learning Education An Development

Examination of current research on individual learning styles and managerial problem solving/decision making, the process of team learning and organizational learning. Authors describe how experiential learning theory can serve as a useful framework to design and implement management education programs in higher education. A. Y. Kolb and D. A. Kolb,  Experiential Learning Theory: A dynamic holistic approach to management learning, education and development. Armstrong, S. J. & Fukami, C. (Eds.) Handbook of Management Education and Development, 2008, Sage Publications: London.
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Six Thinking Hats Tool

Use DeBono's Six Thinking Hats tool to try on thinking perspectives/hats to encourage diversity of thinking on a topic. Examples of thinking styles are facts/figures, intuition/feelings, judgment/caution, logical positive, creativity, and overview/process.
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Questions To Tell The Story

Telling the Story entails exploring divergent perspectives, identifying patterns from events, surfacing and testing assumptions, and establishing problem dimensions. Select the relevant part of this tool that you like and embed them into your course materials to help students fully explore what's happening with a problem.
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Skillful Discussion Tool

Use the skillful discussion techniques to facilitate and engage in discussions that foster multiple perspectives. Feel free to pick out the techniques you like and embed them into your course materials.
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Teamwork Assessment Rubric

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Teamwork Rubric From LEAP

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After Action Review Guide

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After Action Review Questions To Assess Group Effectiveness

Use these questions to helps groups reflect on their effectiveness at the end of a project. Feel free to embed the questions you like into your own course materials.
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Building The Emotional Intelligence Of Groups

Research about what the emotional intelligence of groups looks like and how to achieve it. (Druskat and wolff)
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Navigate Conflict Tips And Practices

Use these tips, tools, and practices to navigate and resolve conflict. Feel free to embed the tools and practices you like in your own course materials.
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Left Column Tool To Unpack Assumptions

Use the Left Column Tool to surface assumptions may be at play in a conversation that did not go well. Assumptions influence actions and are usually below our level of attention. This tool helps to uncover those assumptions in a conversation that has already happened or plan for how to have a conversation that we think may be difficult. (Argyris and Schoen)
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Group Progress Report

Use this editable progress report document to help groups reflect on group dynamics, what's working or not, effectiveness of their intergroup communication, and progress on deliverables. Feel free to embed the relevant components into your own course materials.
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Up And Down The Ladder Of Inference

Use the Ladder of Inference to learn how to avoid jumping to conclusions by asking questions and stating beliefs. 
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Good Conflict, Bad Conflict: How To Have One Without The Other

Transform conflict into something more benign and fruitful. (Mt Eliza Business Review, Summer/Autumn 2005)
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Giving And Receiving Effective Feedback

Use the tips in this editable document to help students give and receive feedback in a respectful and effective way.
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Navigating Difficult Conversations Worksheet Instructions

Use these instructions to help you use the worksheet for navigating and unpacking difficult conversations. (Triad Consulting)
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Navigating Difficult Conversations Worksheet

Use this worksheet to unpack a difficult conversation that has happened already. Also use it to plan for a conversation that you anticipate being a difficult conversation. (Triad Consulting)
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Five Whys Root Cause Analysis Tool

Use this tool to uncover patterns to determine root causes of problems
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SMART Goals

SMART Goal criteria
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Typical Group Roles

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Roles Played By Team Members

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Designing Teams And Assigning Roles

Explores methods for implementing the use of roles in the classroom (P. Smith, St. Mary's College)
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Group Contract

Use this sample group contract tool to help groups negotiate expectations and how they'll work together. This is an editable resource that you can harvest from and embed the relevant pieces you want into your existing materials.
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Kolb Learning Styles Best-Fit Self-Assessment

Use this self-assessment to determine your preferences in using Kolb Learning Styles.
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Student Motivation

A common assumption of many college instructors is that students are internally motivated to learn. These students, especially those in agriculture, usually have a handy set of experiences in their background that allow the generalization of information presented in class. Yet, seldom do students have the same set of classroom experiences and need to be helped in generalizing the information. 
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Characteristics Of Adult Learners With Implications For Online Learning Design

The online educational environment is increasingly being used by adults and should be designed based on the needs of adult learners. This article discusses andragogy, an important adult learning theory, and reviews three other adult learning theories: self-directed learning, experiential learning, and transformational learning (.pdf download).
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Five Key Ingredients For Improving Student Motivation

With regard to students, very little if any learning can occur unless students are motivated on a consistent basis.  The five key ingredients impacting student motivation are:  student, teacher, content, method/process, and environment.
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Differentiating By Student Interest [E-Book]

Contributors analyze indicators and facilitators of student engagement, link engagement to motivation, and gauge the impact of family, peers, and teachers on engagement in elementary and secondary grades. Findings on the effectiveness of classroom interventions are discussed in detail.
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Student Engagement Techniques [E-Book]

Keeping students involved, motivated, and actively learning is challenging educators across the country, yet good advice on how to accomplish this has not been readily available. Student Engagement Techniques is a comprehensive resource that offers college teachers a dynamic model for engaging students and includes over one hundred tips, strategies, and techniques that have been proven to help teachers from a wide variety of disciplines and institutions motivate and connect with their students. The ready-to-use format shows how to apply each of the book's techniques in the classroom and includes purpose, preparation, procedures, examples, online implementation, variations and extensions, observations and advice, and key resources.--Publisher.
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Increasing Student Engagement And Retention Using Multimedia Technologies [E-Book]

Increasing Student Engagement and Retention Using Multimedia Technologies: Video Annotation, Multimedia Applications, Videoconferencing and Transmedia Storytelling examines new research on how videoconferencing, video annotation, video mapping, and related technologies are being used in higher education to increase learner engagement in an epoch of increasing globalization and diversity.
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Increasing Student Engagement And Retention Using Mobile Applications [E-Book]

Examines new research on how mobile technologies are being used in higher education to increase learner engagement in an epoch of increasing globalization and diversity
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Increasing Student Engagement And Retention In E-Learning Environments [E-Book]

The book examines new research on how online and blended learning technologies are being used in higher education to increase learner engagement in an era of increasing technological convergence and dependence.
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Kolb Lesson Plans And Learning Styles Website

How to write lesson plans around the cycle of learning to reach all students no matter what their learning style is.
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Learning Styles And Learning Spaces: Enhancing Experiential Learning In Higher Education (Kolb 2008)

Examination of current research on individual learning styles and managerial problem solving/decision making, the process of team learning and organizational learning. Authors describe how experiential learning theory can serve as a useful framework to design and implement management education programs in higher education. A. Y. Kolb and D. A. Kolb,  Learning Styles and Learning Spaces: Enhancing Experiential Learning in Higher Education. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 2005, Vol. 4, No. 2, 193-212.
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Deliberate Experiential Learning: Mastering The Art Of Learning From Experience (Kolb 2005)

Cultivating deliberate experiential learning practices can help learners become more intentional in their thinking and behavior in a given learning environment. Deliberate learning practices in each of Kolb's Experiential Learning Cycle modes are explored. D. A. Kolb & B. Yeganeh, Deliberate Experiential Learning: Mastering the Art of Learning from Experience, 2011. ORBH Working Paper Case Western University.
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William Perrys Scheme Of Intellectual And Ethical Development By William Rapaport

William Perry's Scheme of Intellectual and Ethical Development  by William J. Rapaport is a good summary of Perry's model of cognitive development with further resource references.
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LoTI Turns Up The H.E.A.T.

H.E.A.T teaching innovation and technology implementation framework addresses the changes to the recommended best practices in teaching, such as moving towards a learner-centered approach, developing higher levels of student cognition, incorporating research-based best practices and integrating dynamic, self-directed uses of Web 2.0 tools. This article discusses how the technology-integration survey has been improved to account for new ways of teaching, new digital tools, and Web 2.0.
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From Disability To Usability In Online Instruction

This article discusses the steps to improving accessibility in online learning. The review includes information on what constitutes disability as well as the guidelines and standards set forth by several external governing bodies, such as Quality Matters (QM) and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
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