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Activities for Student Engagement

To learn more about a particular activity for student engagement, select an activity title to open a pdf with details including an overview, ways to implement the activity, and sample instructions.

Contact an instructional designer at aoi.li@wsu.edu if you would like help tailoring or combining these activities to fit your students’ needs.

  • Blogs
    A digital journal that can be used to deliver content, foster discussion, or as an informal writing assignment or assessment.
  • Case Study
    Students diagnose the problem in a case study and present an appropriate solution with rationale. 
  • Concept Mapping
    A strategy for organizing and representing information. 
  • Defining Features Matrix
    An approach to note-taking that has been shown to be more effective than traditional approaches. 
  • Drawing for Understanding
    Students illustrate an abstract concept or idea using drawings, graphs, diagrams, flowcharts, or mind maps. 
  • Jigsaw
    A cooperative learning strategy that breaks classes into groups and breaks assignments into segments. 
  • Picture Prompt
    A method of dual coding that asks students to explain an image or set of images.
  • Pro and Con Grid
    Allows students to consider the advantages and disadvantages of an identified issue, procedure, action, or decision.
  • Ranking Alternatives
    Students rank multiple responses according to provided criteria which allows them to practice identifying the problem and the most appropriate solution given the context.
  • Student-Generated Test Questions
    Asks students to create likely exam questions on specific content topics along with ideal answers.
  • Think-Pair-Share
    This discussion technique gives students the opportunity to respond to questions in written form before engaging in meaningful conversation. 
  • Twenty Questions
    Students ask each other questions that have potential responses of yes/no about a topic to identify the concept. 
  • What’s the Principle?
    A problem and inquiry-based active learning approach where students identify the principle/approach that is underlying a given problem or scenario.

Considerations When Choosing an Activity

  • What preparation is expected of students?
  • How will you evaluate students’ work?
  • What do you hope students accomplish by participating in this activity?