Keeping students engaged has massive benefits. Research shows that ‘active learning’ in the classroom increases students’ learning, college retention, and overall performance. Active learning is also particularly beneficial for underrepresented students.
What do you say when a student states that transgender people don’t exist? Or when a student complains your syllabus silences diverse political viewpoints? How do you respond when a student reports their group project member is sexually harassing them?
UC Davis’ increasingly diverse student population has accordingly diverse needs. Diverse groups have more robust problem-solving capabilities, and classrooms that foster success broadly and inclusively ultimately improve learning for all students, and benefit instructors as well.