To you, the instructor, classroom participation is a signal that students are engaged with you and your course. It also demonstrates that they’re eager to learn and contribute to the conversations you’re having around course concepts. Whether they’re asking and answering questions, collaborating in groups and teams, contributing on discussion boards, or sharing what they’ve observed, their participation shows the active role they’re taking in the learning process.
Obviously, the work you do as the instructor plays a vital role in creating a lively, collaborative environment in which students can learn. But, do students recognize and acknowledge the role that they play as individuals in keeping a class session active and engaging?
When we recently conducted our Student Engagement Insights survey, we asked students if they believed that they were primarily responsible for their own level of participation in class. Over four thousand students answered the question. Here’s how they responded: