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Week Two- Can the parts be influenced? [Aug. 25, 2011, 11:32 p.m.]

If we take some of the smaller but important, elements of this idea of "engagement" and we try to influence that portion of the student engagement process, can we improve engagement?  It is clear that many (myself included) believe instructors can influence the engagement of students.  So the question becomes how?  What can we change or do to influence it?  And how will we know if our efforts made a difference?

I suggest we look now at three aspects to engagement: interest, participation, and perserverance.  Can we influence these aspects of engagement?  Go to this google document and add your ideas for teacher influence over these characteristics of engagement.  Think about whether the student response (interest, participation, or perserverance) could be measured or not, and in what ways.  Add those thoughts to the third column.