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Learner Engagement

Course Description

This course uses the book “Eight Myths of Learner Disengagement” to investigate how classroom practices influence engagement, including types of tasks assigned, quality of facilitator-learner relations, and peer dynamics. The course encourages participants to recognize that engagement is not just on-task behavior, but incorporates behavioral, emotional, and cognitive practices. Participants will consider a variety of instructional practices and their connection to learner engagement.

Learner Engagement is immediately available through our Self-Paced Online Courses.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize that engagement is not just on-task behavior, but rather engagement on behavioral, emotional, and cognitive levels.
  • Determine how how classroom practices, including types of tasks assigned, quality of facilitator-learner relations, and peer dynamics contribute to engagement.
  • Examine the role of out-of-school activities and families on engagement.
  • Study the dynamics of motivation with higher-level thinking tasks.
  • Examine the influence of interpersonal relationships, autonomy support, and academic support.
  • Study the impact of friendships and collaboration.
  • Examine how individual facilitators, whole schools, and communities can help disengaged learners succeed.
  • Recognize the importance of being proactive for increasing engagement for all learners rather than just reactive for the “already disengaged.”

At a Glance

Enrollment Information

Technology & Innovation in Education

For more information, to schedule a date or customize your program, contact Julie Mathiesen at 605-394-1876 or by filling out form below.