Measuring Student Engagement for Learning in SoTL Research
Student engagement with content is an essential factor in promoting stated learning outcomes. However, few SoTL research studies include descriptions of the type/s, duration, and quality of that engagement. Lacking such descriptions: a) raises questions about the fidelity of planned instructional methods, and b) limits the researcher's ability to understand how a study's results occured. The purpose of this session is to present methods for observing and analyzing student engagement for learning to verify the implementation of instruction and to increase explanatory power in descriptive and experimental SoTL research. Examples of how to measure student engagement will be presented for the delivery of both classroom and media-based instruction.
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