Engagement /ɛnˈɡeɪdʒm(ə)nt/ , [noun] – the action of engaging or being engaged ; participation, taking part, sharing, involvement. Oxford dictionary
Everyone talks about engagement. But how do you make it happen? How you can engage people and yourself? To create engagement, people must succeed in managing both discipline and motivation. Those management skills create the foundation for building engagement. Active learning means students engage with the material, participate in the class, and collaborate with each other, therefore they can easily demonstrate something, analyze an argument, or apply a concept to a real-world situation.
„Students learn more when they participate in the process of learning, whether it’s through discussion, practice, review, or application.“
( Grunert, Judith.; A learning-centered approach, 1997. )
Relevant, personalized, collaborative, and connected learning experiences enhance student engagement, which in turn drives student achievement. We have entered a digital age of video, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc., and they have become more of a daily thing for people, especially for students. When they use technology, it engages them more and lets them understand the concept more clearly. When students are using digital resources, building projects, collaborating and connecting online, they are more interested in their work today, and they feel more connected to what their future holds tomorrow.
„Engaged employees work with passion and feel a profound connection to their company. They drive innovation and move the organization forward.“
( Business Journal )
Engaging can be a challenge, but interactions with real-life dilemmas and opportunities to learn how to solve them will stimulate your brain , so it becomes easier to deal with similar problems when you have a job. Having freedom in assignments, project directions, debates, panel sessions, discussions, workshops and more choices could engage students. More variety = more space for creativity! Most people don’t like doing only one constant activity so a variety will keep them engaged in the topic, project or business. Find out what you’re passionate about and then use those interests as natural motivators to increase engagement.
A mind that is stretched by new experiences can never go back to its old dimensions.
( Oliver Wendell Holmes )
Engage yourself in new experiences, new people, new projects and new places. Be positive, learn and participate! Invest in yourself by engaging more because that investment always pays the best interest. So learn, act, engage and measure your progress!
A ship is always safe at shore, but that is not what it’s built for.
( Albert Einstein )