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Student engagement has been a higher education buzzword for so long that it has become, for many of us, fully embedded (and therefore invisible) in the cultural noise and texture of the college experience. So what does student engagement mean at ALT Lab, and how do we intend to foster it?
Student Engagement is a multi-dimensional concept that, according to the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), involves academic challenge, learning with peers, intellectually meaningful interaction with faculty, and a supportive campus environment. Engaged students are deeply involved in all aspects of their own education. In essence, institutions of higher education that promote high engagement are helping students cultivate the skills, attitudes, and beliefs required to succeed in lifelong learning.
ALT Lab fosters student engagement through our commitment to interest-powered, production-centered, peer-supported, academically oriented learning that is openly networked and united by a strong sense of shared purpose. These core principles of connected learning inform our work with students as well as the faculty who guide them–no matter where the learning takes place.