Survey Results

Engaged Learning

 

 

Instructional approaches that foster engaged learning are critical for student success. Because most community college students attend college part-time, and most also must find ways to balance their studies with work and family responsibilities, the most effective learning experiences will be those the college intentionally designs.

The following 16 items constitute this benchmark:

During the first three weeks of your first semester or quarter at this college, how often did you:

  • Ask questions in class or contribute to class discussions (19a)
  • Prepare at least two drafts of a paper or assignment before turning it in (19b)
  • Participate in supplemental instruction (extra class sessions with an instructor, tutor, or experienced student) (19e)
  • Work with other students on a project or assignment during class (19g)
  • Work with classmates outside of class on class projects or assignments (19h)
  • Participate in a required study group outside of class (19i)
  • Participate in a student-initiated (not required) study group outside of class (19j)
  • Use an electronic tool (e-mail, text messaging, Facebook, MySpace, class website, etc.) to communicate with another student about coursework (19k)
  • Use an electronic tool (e-mail, text messaging, Facebook, MySpace, class website, etc.) to communicate with an instructor about coursework (19l)
  • Discuss an assignment or grade with an instructor (19m)
  • Ask for help from an instructor regarding questions or problems related to a class (19n)
  • Receive prompt written or oral feedback from instructors on your performance (19o)
  • Discuss ideas from readings or classes with instructors outside of class (19q)
  • Use face-to-face tutoring (20d2)
  • Use writing, math, or other skill lab (20f2)
  • Use computer lab (20h2)

Key Findings: Engaged Learning

In their first three weeks of college:

  • 8% of students report that they never asked questions in class or contributed to class discussions.
  • 28% say they never prepared at least two drafts of a paper or assignment before turning it in.
  • 68% report that they never participated in supplemental instruction.
  • 21% say they never worked with other students on a project or assignment during class.
  • 66% say they never worked with classmates outside of class on class projects or assignments.
  • 83% say they never participated in a required study group outside of class.
  • 83% report that they never participated in a student-initiated (not required) study group outside of class.
  • 43% say they never used an electronic tool (e-mail, text messaging, Facebook, MySpace, class website,etc.) to communicate with another student about coursework.
  • 35% say they never used an electronic tool to communicate with an instructor about coursework.
  • 33% say they never discussed an assignment or grade with an instructor.
  • 24% say they never asked for help from an instructor regarding questions or problems related to a class.
  • 25% say they never received prompt written or oral feedback from instructors on their performance.
  • 66% report that they never discussed ideas from readings or classes with instructors outside of class.
  • 84% report that they never used face-to-face tutoring.
  • 64% say they never used writing, math, or other skill labs.
  • 47% say they never used a computer lab.

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