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Engaging Teaching in General Education Courses



Engaging Teaching in General Education Courses

Teaching and learning in General Education involves cultivating investment and interest in courses, students’ own academic success, and their relationship to the world around them through learner-centered approaches. To this end, Engaging Teaching in General Education courses involves:

  1. Employing evidence-based teaching strategies that ensure academic engagement and student learning in course content that supports General Education mission and goals at the program and Element levels

  2. Integrating student-focused teaching strategies that support retention and success

  3. Employing intentional techniques to encourage student engagement and interest in course content

  4. Designing enriching experiences that demonstrates the value of course content as well as related learning skills and strategies

  5. Designing courses that support students in transferable learning that prompts deep thinking 

  6. Integrating content reflective of diverse scholars, content, perspectives, and learning opportunities that inspire students 

  7. Using technology and media effectively to enhance teaching, learning, and academic engagement 

Ongoing strategies include:  

  • Assessing and reflecting on course-level materials, assignments, and teaching approaches 

  • Updating teaching and learning approaches, materials, assignments, and experiences in courses 

  • Incorporating evidence-based approaches into course revisions, redesigns, and reflection-based processes to ensure learning and support retention (at the course, assignment, and pedagogical levels)

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