Over the past year, we’ve seen a few trends in Engaging Minds readers’ interests. You’re definitely interested in engaging your students. You’re also looking for insights about students’ goals, habits, and opinions, as well as practical tips that you can bring into the classroom.

Below, we’ve highlighted three trending topics in education, as observed at the blog. Read on, and discover some of the topics that have piqued the interest of Engaging Minds readers this year… and share your own favorites in the comments.

Student leadership qualities

What are the qualities of a student leader? The leadership skills students learn in college can carry over into the work they do within their careers and communities. So, why not integrate opportunities to build them in your classes and at your campus?

For ideas on implementing leadership-building efforts at your own school, listen to the webinar “Cultivating the Next Generation of Leaders” led by Dr. Britt Andreatta. You could also try the ideas presented in our post, “Activity: Traits of an Ideal Leader.”

Academic goals

Developing, and achieving, success in college is a perennial top-of-mind topic for both students and instructors. Establishing a concrete set of academic goals can help students set their direction toward the hopes and dreams that they want to realize for themselves.

Want to help your students develop their academic goals? Review the insights Dr. Christine Harrington shared in her webinar “The ABCS Approach to Goal Setting and Implementation.” You could also share these tips, which give students some advice about considering and defining their values and goals. You could also encourage them to complete an activity that facilitates their ability to set short-term goals that serve as steps to achieving their longer-term goals.

Adult learners

Whether they’re enrolling in college for the first time, or taking courses to develop new skills, many people twenty-five years and older are entering online and on-campus college courses. Their reasons for attending college differ in some ways from the “traditional” learner who has entered college directly after high school. Consequently, many instructors want to find specific ways to engage and support these adult learners in their efforts to succeed.

To help instructors understand, support, and engage adult learners, we’ve published several posts about adult learners. Some of the posts we’ve featured this year include: “Why Nontraditional Students Decided to Attend College“; “Adult Learners: Ready for Success“;  “Teaching Techniques that Motivate Adult Learners“; and “Strategies for Teaching Adult Learners.”


What trending topics in education have you observed this year? Share them in the comments.