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Engagement is when, not just what or how

Posted on: September 15, 2013

I have reflected several times about the issue of “engaging learners”.

I have said engagement is not enough. I have practically declared war on using technology simply to engage.

I forgot to mention something I curated a while ago: Engagement is not a goal, it’s an outcome of students doing meaningful work.

That last one is probably the most impactful statement to translate into practice.

If you do this, you focus on educating, not entertaining. If you do this, you focus on what really works instead of fleeting gimmicks.

If you do this, you do not just tell your students things they can Google for themselves. You design meaningful un-Googleable tasks that rivet your learners to the process of learning, so much so that they forget that you are around.

You see engagement when it happens. It is less about what you do and more about what they do. It is less about how you teach and more about how they learn.

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