Episode 79: Student Engagement Techniques (Part 1) with Dr. Claire Howell Major

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In episode 79 of the Lecture Breakers podcast, Dr. Claire Howell Major joins us to talk about student engagement techniques. 

We had so much to talk about that I made this a 2-part episode! This is part 1 of our conversation, and we talk about her definition of active learning which I really appreciated because it is different than other definitions we’ve discussed on the show.

Claire also shares student engagement techniques for educators who are new to teaching or just getting started with active learning.  And she shares strategies and recommendations for educators who teach content-heavy courses.

Claire is one of the people whose work inspired the idea behind the Lecture Breakers podcast. I think I’ve mentioned on the show before that there have been several mentors in the higher education and faculty development space that inspired me to launch this show, and Claire is one of those.

She is certainly a prolific scholar and leader whose work has been helpful and inspiring for me as both an educator and as a faculty development professional. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did!


  • What active learning is and why we need clarify what we mean by student "engagement" in the college classroom.

  • The importance of both the cognitive and emotional aspects of learning.

  • Strategies for educators who are just getting started with active learning techniques.

  • How to help students move from lower levels of engagement to higher levels of engagement.

  • Recommendations and teaching techniques for content-heavy courses.


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