Recovering Student Engagement at Mid-course Time
Around the semester midpoint you may be noticing that some of your students are becoming overwhelmed, may lack motivation, or feel disconnected from the class. Sound familiar? Unlike the end-of-semester feedback, when gathering formative feedback on what’s helping or hindering student learning might be too late, mid-term analysis of our teaching and student learning may help motivate students and enhance their learning. Afterall, our frustrations could turn out to be great opportunities for reflection. Below, let me share instructional strategies that I use in my courses (virtual, asynchronous, and in-person) to recover student engagement.