Within the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin, attendance and participation are vital to student success. Students are expected to attend class every day just as they would at their future place of employment. Management professor Dr. Katie Pritchett appreciates these attendance expectations, yet also believes in the importance in defining the difference between simple attendance and genuine engagement.
Adding technology to an existing curriculum can have tremendous benefits for both teachers and students. When used appropriately, online resources can increase student engagement, develop critical thinking skills, and help students collaborate more with their peers.
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Flipped classroom models are designed to engage students in higher-level learning activities during class while assigning the lower-level activities as pre-class homework.
Students who come to class having already experienced the lecture or notes covering a particular concept are now free to spend valuable time with the professor refining their knowledge by solving problems, analyzing case studies or evaluating arguments presented by an author.
When the National Commission on Higher Education Attainment released its findings in April of 2012, it addressed the ways that faculty engagement can enhance student retention and persistence. It also highlighted the importance of faculty-student engagement and expressed an increased need for professional development opportunities that facilitate instructional effectiveness through the improved use of technology. (Rhodes 2012)