This Elixir module contains case studies in text and video detailing student engagement strategies in five courses in the professional disciplines of Health, Nursing, Recreation Parks and Tourism, Hospitality and Tourism, and Media Production. The duration of all the video clips in a case ranges from 8 to 14 minutes. The first three cases address engagement strategies for smaller scale activities within a course. The last two cases address engagement in course projects. Instructors provide their plan and perspective and students provide their reactions. Each case study has some similar elements. Each opens with a clip on the instructor’s teaching philosophy, then proceeds through steps that include preparation, strategy or activity, outcomes or results, and challenges or improvements. Several of the cases provide additional materials such as syllabi or activity templates.
Type of Material:
Case Study with supplemental materials
This tool could be used for (1) self-study, (2) point of discussion for informal group instruction or study, or (3) pre-class activity for a more formal classrooms.
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
This tool had 2 main learning goals: (1) Explain the impact of student engagement on the learning process, success in the classroom, and the application of knowledge outside of the classroom and (2) Give faculty tools for encouraging learner engagement.
Target Student Population:
This tool is geared toward faculty and instructional designers at all levels. It could serve as a refresher activity for experience practitioners or a starting point for less experienced faculty. This tool could be used in face-to-face or online environments.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Users with experience navigating online tutorials or webpages and a basic understanding of popular adult learning theories would likely find this tool easy to use.
The content is well organized and the personal narratives and supplemental materials make this a strong tool.
Other Strengths Include:
* Close Caption Option
* Video Length (Short and to the point)
* Multiple Appropriate Supporting Examples
The case studies are relevant and focused, with instructors clearly stating their goals and processes and students providing feedback on their experiences.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The overall quality of these cases is quite remarkable in that at least four of the five were created by student teams in the media production course that is detailed in the final case.
Several of the cases have additional materials that provide more information on the procedures for implementing. The Nursing/simulation case provides templates for planning a simulation. The Media Production case provides a syllabus with some guidelines for the projects.
It would help viewers if there were more information on guidelines or procedures and, in particular, how assessment was done.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The cases are laid out clearly and video clips are closed captioned. Transcripts of video clips are provided as well.
There are few navigation tools on the website, so users without experience navigating webpages or online tutorials may struggle at first. Specific Concerns Include:
* The homepage does not tell users how to start.
* Cases do not provide navigation instructions. There are shapes on the pages that point, but there are not specific instructions.
Lack of navigation within a video clip means that viewers must listen to an entire clip in order to revisit a section. Though most of the clips are fairly short, there are a few clips that are four plus minutes. The clips are in Flash format thus require a device that supports Flash.
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