7 Ways to Enhance Student Learning

Teaching is one of the most challenging jobs in the world. There, I said it! In no other profession can one have such a profound effect on the minds of young (and not-s0-young!) people. Teachers wear many hats, including; content expert, speaker, counselor, disciplinarian,  entertainer, and role model. The real challenge in teaching lies not in understanding the subject matter itself, but in the manner in which that content is shared, because everyone’s learning style is different!

So, what to do, what to do?! Well, you could present the content in 30 different ways, once for each student’s unique learning style. That might extend your office hours a bit, though. Instead, why not incorporate some very basic, yet proven principles to enhancing student learning?

The following article is an excellent resource on this topic:

7 Principles… Enhancing Student Learning (PDF)

After reviewing that document, do you notice any underlying themes? I noticed one, and that is the idea that learning is an interactive and social experience. We are, after all, social creatures. Classes that consist only of lecture-homework-exam-repeat are less common, and for good reason. I can’t remember the last time my boss at work locked me in a quiet room and gave me a multiple choice test! I can remember, though, many cases in which I had to work with others to achieve a common goal. I also remember that communication and collaboration were the key components to my team’s success.

What do you think? Share your comments below!

3 responses to “7 Ways to Enhance Student Learning

  1. Suzanne Latham

    I found this article helpful, as it provided concrete examples of how to put the practice into play. I love the idea of me talking less, and my students interacting more, but I have not been pleased with the types of small group work I’ve created to accomplish my goals. Any suggestion of how to create in class activities that meet certain criteria?

  2. I have published student work on the MCC Intranet but it would be a great idea to publish it somewhere more open. I could publish their work on ANGEL for online classes but where would you suggest publishing work for campus classes? Is there a place on the Macomb web site for student work posted by instructors?

    I present past projects for my students to review but always thought we should set up more displays of top student projects for everyone to view.

    This article is a helpful reminder of many successful concepts.

  3. Janice, you can contact the marketing department to ask if there is a place on Macomb.edu.

    You do have a limited “file” space in ANGEL, which is accessible to the public, and does not require and ANGEL ID to view.

    What kind of students projects are you referring to? I know that the new version of Adobe Acrobat (we have it in the CTL lab) provides a really cool way to present portfolios.

    Please contact the CTL, and we can discuss this further!

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