Engaging Students

Dr. Jay Howard show you how to engage your students.

Engaging Students in Face-to-Face and Online Courses


Faculty often wish to engage students in class discussion, but sometimes our efforts fall flat and we give up the effort. Why should we seek to engage students? What classroom norms sometimes undermine students’ participation? Which students are most likely to participate and to choose not to participate? How can an instructor manage both the dominant talkers and the quieter students? How can we effectively engage students online? We will engage each of these questions utilizing a review of the research to identify ways to structure class discussion to engage students and maximize learning.


Jay Howard, Ph.D.

Professor and Dean // College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Butler University

Dr. Jay Howard is Professor of Sociology and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. His most recent book is Discussion in the College Classroom: Getting Your Students Engaged and Participating in Person and Online (Jossey-Bass, 2015). First Contact: Teaching and Learning in Introductory Sociology, co-authored with Nancy Greenwood, was published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2011.

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