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ISBN: 9781642671179

April 25, 2023

Jessie L. Moore presents six key practices that foster engaged learning, grounding them in relevant research and offering strategies for applying them in varied higher education contexts. As a director of an international research center on engaged learning, Moore has worked with dozens of multi-institutional, faculty/staff research teams studying engaged learning across higher education. Drawing on that research, she distilled the six strategies that continue to emerge as key practices for fostering engaged learning, in and beyond the classroom. In this book, readers will find examples of how to enact these practices with the students they supervise, teach, advise, or mentor. Those who lead professional development activities for others on campus will appreciate the author’s recommendations and resources for supporting colleagues’ adoption of the practices.

By focusing on key practices across institutional contexts, the book prepares readers to address high-impact practice challenges like scale, quality, equity, and integration. When the conversation about high-quality engaged learning focuses on key practices, individuals and institutions are better equipped to consider the human and financial resources necessary to scale-up access without compromising quality, to ensure equitable experiences for all student groups, and to facilitate students’ integration of their learning with their other higher education and lived experiences.

Key Practices for Fostering Engaged Learning is the right book for individuals and institutions seeking to introduce or advance institutional engaged learning. It builds on the literature on high-impact practices to offer readers a mix of research and practical strategies to enhance and deepen student learning. The book identifies six key practices to foster engaged learning, and they are applicable to a range of engaged learning activities inside and outside the classroom. It is a strong guide for making engaged learning high impact.

Dawn Michele Whitehead, Vice President of the Office of Global Citizenship for Campus, Community and Careers at the American Associations of Colleges & Universities

This book is ideal for anyone who wants to ensure that learning is the best it can be for all learners and to help prepare students to be active participants in their own learning for life. Jessie Moore provides clear and cogent tips for individual faculty and staff and program and institution leaders so you can advance this work on your own campuses.

Brooke Barnett, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Butler University

This expertly crafted, succinct guide is full of big insights and useful examples for educators and institutional leaders alike. Moore makes a clear and nuanced case for each of the key practices—not only that research supports its importance, but also that large-scale surveys indicate it is too infrequently or inequitably used—resulting in a compelling call to action. The book is a must-read for anyone interested in improving learning in and beyond the higher education classroom.

Cassandra Volpe Horii, Associate Vice Provost for Education and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, Stanford University

This book had me at “engaged learning”! Drawing on a vast body of research and featuring ample practical examples, Key Practices for Fostering Engaged Learning: A Guide for Faculty and Staff provides a comprehensive and indispensable primer for all educators interested in enriching their capacity to transform any educational encounter into a meaningful learning experience for college students. By focusing on six cross-cutting practices available in college classrooms, employment, and leadership in student organizations, this book offers an institution-wide approach for improving undergraduate education.

Jillian Kinzie, Associate Director, National Survey of Student Engagement, Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research