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Engaging Students in a Global Conversation: Educating Within and Outside the Classroom

Friday, November 3, 2017 :: 9:00-11:00 AM

Park Library | 413

Intended Audience: CMU Faculty

Facilitated By: Kyle Scherr, Psychology

This presentation discusses approaches to motivate students to appreciate and apply their education to engage in a global conversation--approaches that can be applied during class discussions, advising, or hands-on research training. The first approach focuses on strategies to monitor that your communications are comprehensible to culturally and developmentally diverse groups of students in order to meet the higher-order goals of your audience. The second approach highlights techniques to foster ways of thinking that are different from students’ day-to-day habits—ways of critically examining their lives and the world in which they live. Based on well-established teaching and learning literatures, these strategies detail the benefits of learning by doing and violating students’ expectations (but not by too much) as a sure-fire way to capture attention. These approaches result in a welcomed side-effect: By providing foundational information that levels the playing field for students with different backgrounds, structuring engaging activities, and keeping the resulting discussions on point, students’ own curiosity leads them to fulfill expected tasks. Motivation, then, emerges naturally from the structure of the situation.

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