Think for a moment about behavioral indicators of engagement in a conversation. Now consider how we might reassign these qualities to describe how students perceive faculty and their level of engagement while teaching their courses.

For example, how do students know, inside and outside the classroom, whether faculty are engaged and connected with them and their learning?

In this issue, The Toolbox explores the role of faculty presence in student engagement.  Watch the promo video below to get a glimpse of this topic.

The Toolbox series, authored by Dr. Brad Garner of the Center for Learning and Innovation, features an online professional development newsletter offering innovative, learner-centered strategies for empowering college students to achieve greater success.  The newsletter is published six times a year by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina.

Read more in The Toolbox newsletter and visit the archives to access back issues covering a wide variety of ideas and resources related to teaching and learning.

Question: How do you practice and exhibit faculty presence?  Please leave a comment below.

Contributor: Brad Garner / Director of Faculty Enrichment, Center for Learning and Innovation

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