Student Engagement in the Classroom: Best Practices

The FLC group, Student Engagement in the Classroom: Best Practices has written a white paper to share with the teaching community at USF and has hosted a teaching cafe that took place on Wednesday, September 21st and Thursday, September 22nd. You can download their paper and listen to the cafe here.


In university education, student engagement often refers to the degree of interest, attention, and passion students demonstrate toward a topic in synergy with the process of active learning. In this paper, the authors describe the findings of a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) on best practices for student engagement, held at the University of San Francisco during the 2015-16 academic year. This paper investigates current thinking on student engagement, assesses methods used for measurement, and shares recommendations for improvement. The authors suggest extending the discussion of student engagement beyond faculty and student survey data and promoting ways of linking practices directly to the community’s educational philosophy. In addition to reconsidering the collection and use of survey data, the authors note that it is imperative to continue discussion at the local level within each university, school, and discipline in order to improve both curricular and student engagement outcomes.

You can download the full paper here:

FLC White Paper on Student Engagement

Teaching Cafés: September 21st & 22nd

How can we define, measure, assess, and increase student engagement in the classroom in order to enhance learning? This teaching cafe features the discoveries of seven faculty members from across the university who spent a year investigating why, how, and what to measure in terms of student engagement in the classroom.

You can download a PDF version of the slides from the Teaching Cafe here:

Slides from FLC Presentation

Wednesday's cafe with Melanie Keiffer, Megan Nicely and Meera Nosek

Thursday's Cafe with Marjolein Oele, Peter DiGiammarino and Michelle LaVigne

FLC Members

Marjolein Oele (Facilitator), Department of Philosophy

Peter DiGiammarino, School of Management

Melanie R. Keiffer, School of Nursing and Health Professions

Michelle LaVigne, Department of Rhetoric and Language

Megan V. Nicely, Department of Performing Arts

Marcianna Nosek, School of Nursing and Health Professions