Inspired by Elizabeth F. Barkley’s Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty I have drafted a list of the ten I am going to incorporate in my classes next semester:
1) Artifacts – Present a physical object that represents key ideas to prompt observation and discussion.
2) Focused Reading – Identify 3-5 themes or concepts for students to look for in an assigned text.
3) Quotes – Distribute slips of paper with quotes for students to consider then discus.
4) Seminar – Students prepare for an in-depth, focused discussion of a topic in small groups.
5) Classify – Distribute items (specimens, images, objects) for students to classify and explain their categorization.
6) Academic Controversy – Students partner up to argue for and against two sides of a controversial topic.
7) Split Room Debate – Present a topic or case study then divide students to argue each side, moving about the room according to their opinion.
8) Team Concept Maps – Teams of students draw diagrams of ideas or concepts.
9) Letter – Students assume the identity of a key figure and write a letter explaining their contribution, theory, or significance.
10) In Class Portfolio – In small groups students organize notes, assignments, reflections, etc. into portfolios for submission.