Active Connections: Means For Faculty To Create An Environment In Which Students WANT To Engage!

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Don Forrer
Stephanie Bechtel
Kendra Brown
Jose Mabesa Jr.
Linda Gunn
Richard L. Hayes
Lisa Fall
Todd Wilmore


Connection, Student Engagement, Learning Community


This interactive, cross-disciplinary research explores face-to-face and online strategies for faculty to deploy in the classroom that encourage connections beyond forced engagement methodologies commonly used. Concentration is on methods of connecting that are “out of the mainstream” and benefit both students and faculty. Findings indicate that the more students feel as a valued participant of the learning community, the more they engage in the class activities.


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