Evaluating Instruction for Indicators of Engaged
Learning
Introduction and Resources
Engaged learning: how can we assess
whether our teachers are designing lessons that encourage it?
The North
Central Regional Education Laboratory has
provided a set of web resources based on the book Designing Learning
and Technology for Educational Reform, by Beau Fly Jones, Gilbert Valdez,
Jeri Nowakowski, and Claudette Rasmussen (NCREL, 1994). These resources
define the concept of engaged learning by specifying a set of learning
indicators given in the table below. Each of the eight areas is linked
to a description of these indicators.
Engaged Learning Indicators
Task
Your task is to reflect on how well the engaged
learning activities you participated in today meet the learning indicators
in the table above. These activities included The Cube, 16 Things to Take
to the Moon, and Make the Move. Your group will give a brief report on
your conclusions.
Procedure
Task 1: Evaluating the Learning (1520 min)

Form groups of 4 participants

Select a name for your group, standing for
your daunting task.

In your group assign to each person a different
box from the engaged learning indicators above.

Individually, review the definitions of the
engaged learning indicators in your box.

Still individually, evaluate each one of the
three learning activities that you did earlier in the day (Cube, 16 Things
to the Moon, and Make the Move) for your signs of engaged learning.
Task 2: Reporting on your Results (1520 min)

Select one person in your group who will give
a 23 minute report.

Working together in your group, each person
share the results of their evaluation of the day's activities.

Help the person who is reporting put together
a talk that includes one contribution from each member in the group.

Reporters, you may practice the presentation
to your group if you wish.
Other Resources
Conclusion

Each group presenter will give their 23 minute
presentation to the larger group.

Large group discussion of the significance
of engaged learning will follow.
Modified by Jim Andris, October 9, 1999.