Research proves that engaged students learn more.
We have created a real-time actionable measure of student engagement coupled with personalized Tips and research-based instruction strategies (RBIS) which allow educators to immediately improve learner engagement and educational practice in accordance with learning theory research on effective teaching practices. Research is embedded into our Student Engagement Survey (SES) and is the foundation of our RBIS.
SES was developed through a literature review, an expert panel, and pilot testing. SES reliability was tested using Cronbach’s alpha (Cronbach, 1951). This process yielded a valid and reliable overall student engagement scale and nine categories, to help assess student engagement weaknesses in time to revise an educator’s instructional approach within a semester.
We created a definition for each category, a best practice/instructional goal, and questions directly linked to the evidence base of educational research. For example, our cognitive category includes a question on student perception of the amount of active learning in a lesson (i.e., the process of learning through activities and/or discussion in class, as opposed to passively listening to an expert or reading).
Research demonstrates that active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics (Scott Freeman, et. al., 2014). The SES question on the cognitive category linked to active learning is shown below.
I learned through activities and/or discussion in class, as opposed to passively listening to my teacher during this class lesson.
Strongly Agree, Agree, Somewhat Agree, Disagree, Strongly Disagree
Research demonstrates that active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics (Scott Freeman, et. al., 2014). The SES question on the cognitive subscale linked to active learning is shown below.
Research-Based Instructional Strategies (RBIS)
RBIS are instructional practices where research has proven their effectiveness in improving learner outcomes. We have compiled a database of RBIS which will improve the score for each question on our Student Engagement Survey, such as the active learning strategy shown below:
Active Learning Strategy: Promote active student learning through class discussion.
Our Tip Masters and Instructional Coaches have access on the LessonLoop platform to our RBIS database and incorporate relevant instructional strategies into their coaching Tips. We continuously review education research sites and journals to add new instructional strategies with a focus on these sources:
Our Research Luminaries
We gratefully applaud the work of John Hattie and Robert Marzano who have pioneered and made possible the increased incorporation of educational research into instructional practice by synthesizing and translating a tremendous amount of complex social science into easily understandable strategies.
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