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Student Engagement Strategies

  • Teaching Strategies
  • Online & Hybrid Teaching
  • Inclusive & Equitable Teaching

Last modified: December 1, 2023

Students who are active, engaged, and connected are more likely to understand and retain content.

Before Class Begins

You can increase student engagement before class even begins through your syllabus and early communications with students.



  • Send out a welcome email before class, letting students know what they need (textbooks, instructions for preparing for the first day, etc.)
  • Consider calling students to welcome them to the class and see if they have questions

Community Building Activities

Active Learning Strategies

High Impact Practices

High-impact practices are evidence-based techniques that provide significant educational benefit for students. The main high-impact practices are:

  • Capstone Courses and Projects
  • Collaborative Assignments and Projects
  • Common Intellectual Experiences
  • Diversity/Global Learning
  • ePortfolios
  • First-Year Seminars and Experiences
  • Internships
  • Learning Communities
  • Service Learning, Community-Based Learning
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Writing-Intensive Courses