A "One-Minute Message" Engages All Students
Connecting with students on a personal level is the best way to:
- Keep them engaged in class
- Encourage interest in engineering as a major
- Increase your "approachability" quotient
- Improve your course evaluations
Since faculty time is so limited, a quick and effective way to connect with students is to start each class with a one-minute message.
What To Do And Why It Works
Most students lack understanding of how concepts taught in the classroom relate with real-world problems and solutions. In addition, many students have a narrow view of what engineers actually do and what professors do when they are not teaching. A one-minute message can communicate this information effectively. Here are some examples:
- Hand out an article about a real-world problem that connects with the topic you are covering in class.
- Discuss a part of your research—what you've learned or the current problem you're investigating.
- Mention a conference you're attending or a paper you are giving.
- Share something about your personal life—such as a hobby, TV show or book you're enjoying.
- Have students bring in a "Did You Know" article or news clipping about an engineering solution or discovery that makes a difference in people's lives.
Using a one-minute message not only increases student engagement and increases your approachability quotient, it's a time-effective way to connect. Try it!